Cyclone Leher moves towards Andhra Pradesh coast

The severe cyclonic storm Lehar crossed Andaman and Nicobar islands on Monday and moved westwards towards Andhra Pradesh coast.

Though the wind speed has come down, intermittent rain continues in many parts of the islands and the sea condition continues to be very rough all along the coastal line.

The cyclonic storm remained practically stationary at about 1200 km east-southeast of Machilipatnam, 1140 km east-southeast of Kakinada and 1060 km southeast of Kalingapatnam.

The system is predicted to become a very severe cyclonic storm moving in west-northwest direction heading towards Andhra coast and is likely to cross near Kakinada (in East Godavari district) by noon of 28th November between Machilipatnam (in Krishna district) and Kalingapatnam (in Srikakulam district).

Fishermen out at sea along and off Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts have been advised to return to coast.

Rainfall beginning with squally winds along and off the coast of Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha would commence from evening of 27 November with increase in intensity thereafter.

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