Vijayawada: Indian Meteorological Department authorities today sounded an alert in Andhra Pradesh and adjoining Tamil Nadu as cyclonic storm ‘Vardah’ over the Bay of Bengal has turned into a “very severe” one and was heading towards these two states.
According to the MeT information, the storm is likely to cross north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coast by Monday afternoon.
Official of the IMD said, stern cyclone ‘Vardah’ which is over west central right now at south Bay of Bengal is moving further towards westwards and lay centred at 530 hours over west central with the speed of 520 km east-southeast of Nellore, 490 km east-southeast of Machilipatnam and 480 km east-northeast of Chennai.
The office of the MeT has forecast light to moderate rains at many places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over south Andhra coast and north coastal Tamil Nadu from Sunday evening.
Light to moderate rains are likely to occur over north coastal Andhra along with strong winds with speed of 40-50 kmph are likely along the coast from Sunday.
The speed may increase to 70-80 kmph at the time of landfall. Damage to thatched huts, power and communication lines, roads and crops is expected.
The fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea for next 48 hours because of high tides may develop into the sea.
The officials of the Met has deported two teams of National Disaster Response Force have reached Nellore district.