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Cyclone Helen intensifying, to hit AP coast on Thursday


OST Weather Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 20:

Predicted Path of Cyclone Helen
Predicted Path of Cyclone Helen

Cyclonic storm ‘Helen’ over west-central Bay of Bengal, is expected to take shape of a severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours, Met sources said.

According to the local Met office sources here, the Cyclonic storm, lay centred at a distance of 520 km from Gopalpur, 470 km from Chennai and 290 km from Visakhapatnam at 11.30 am on Wednesday. It is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm and cross between Sriharikota and Ongole close to Kavali in Andhra Pradesh  by Thursday night.

Under its influence, rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places would occur over coastal Andhra Pradesh commencing from tonight. Isolated extremely heavy falls ( 25cm or more) would occur over south coastal Andhra Pradesh on Thursday and Friday. Rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls would occur over Rayalseema and adjoining north Tamil Nadu on 22nd November.

Moderate rainfall would occur at many places over south Odisha on November 21, Met reports said.

Meanwhile, distant cautionary signal no-2 has been hosted at Paradip and Gopalpur ports and fishermen have been advised against venturing into the sea.