TN, AP braces up for Cyclone, to cross AP coast on Dec 5

Chennai, Dec 3 (UNI) As Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh government braces up for heavy rains, the Deep depression over the bay will intensify into Cyclone named Michaung and cross the Andhra Pradesh coast on Tuesday.

Met office in an update on Sunday said the Deep Depression over Southwest Bay of Bengal moved northwestwards with a speed of 10 kmph during past 06 hours.

It lay centered over the same region about 330 km east-southeast of Puducherry, 340 km southeast of Chennai, 470 km southeast of Nellore, 580 km south-southeast of Bapatla and 580 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam.

It is likely to move northwestwards and intensify into a Cyclonic Storm over Southwest Bay of Bengal during next 12 hours and reach Westcentral Bay Of Bengal off south Andhra Pradesh and adjoining north Tamilnadu coasts by tomorrow forenoon.

Thereafter, it would move nearly northwards almost parallel and close to south Andhra Pradesh coast and cross South Andhra Pradesh coast between Nellore and Machilipatnam during forenoon of December five as a Cyclonic Storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph.

Heavy to Very heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Tiruvallur, Chennai, Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, Tiruvannamalai, Tirupattur, Ranipet and Vellore districts of Tamil Nadu for the next 48 hrs.

Heavy rain is likely is also likely at isolated places Villupuram and Kallakurichi over districts of Tamilnadu & Puducherry.

All the central and state government machinery including the Navy and Coast guard area put on alert and NDRF teams were deployed to districts for engaging in relief operations.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh governments are geared up to tackle the cyclone and has put in place all preventive measures.

Meanwhile, Chennai city and suburbs witnessed intermittent showers since last evening under the influence of the weather system.

The rains which had been lasting in short spells of about ten to 15 minutes at regular intervals, with the sowers being heavy at times, continued today morning, as several areas in the city and the suburbs, which has started recovered from the lashing on Thursday evening, once again faced waterlogging.

As the weather system all set to move towards Andhra Pradesh coast, the North coastal districts of Tamil Nadu will continue to receive moderate to heavy showers till December five after which the rains will recede, Met office said.

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