Cyclone Michaung: Landfall begins on AP coast; IMD issues red alert

Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam are likely to get heavy rainfall

IMD Cyclone Michaung forecast map Forecast track of Cyclone Michaung released by IMD | IMD Twitter

The Indian Meteorological Department has issued red alert for coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam regions as the landfall process of cyclone Michaung has begun. According to the agency, landfall process would continue for the next three hours.

“Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam are likely to get isolated heavy to very heavy with extremely heavy fall, above 204.4mm, on December 5,” a forecast from the agency said. The weather agency has also issued a red alert for Telangana.

“The severe cyclonic storm Michaung over westcentral Bay of Bengal along and off south Andhra Pradesh coast moved northwards with a speed of 10kmph during past 6 hours and lay centred at 1230 hours IST of 5th December, 2023, over the same region near latitude 15.55°N and longitude 80.25°E, about 20km east-northeast of Ongole, 45km south-southwest of Bapatla, 80km north-northeast of Kavali, 120km north-northeast of Nellore, and 110km southwest of Machilipatnam,” the weather agency said in a forecast. “the forward sector of the system has entered the land,” IMD said.

According to an IMD bulletin issued at 1.30pm, “The system is likely to move nearly northwards and cross south Andhra Pradesh coast close to Bapatla during next two hours as a severe cyclonic storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 90-100kmph gusting to 110kmph. Landfall process is continuing and likely to complete during next three hours.” 

According to IMD, till 12.30pm, Baptla has received 43.3mm rainfall, 29.3mm rainfall was recorded in Kavali and 28.5mm in Machilipatnam.


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