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Laila Coming ; AP, TN on High Alert

Chennai: Heavy rains are likely to lash coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu during the next two days as cyclone ‘Laila’ which further intensified and lay centred in the Bay of Bengal around 400 km east of Chennai, is expected to cross the Andhra coast on Thursday.

“Latest satellite images and radar observation indicate that cyclonic storm ‘Laila’ lies centred at about 400 km east of Chennai. This system is likely to intensify further and move in a west northwesterly direction and cross the Andhra coast between Ongole and Vishakapatnam in the early hours of Thursday,” Met officials said.

They said scattered heavy and isolated very heavy rains would occur over coastal Andhra Pradesh and isolated heavy rain may also occur over North Coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry from Wednesday night.

According to them, strong wind with speeds reaching 65-75 kmph was likely to commence along Andhra coast from Wednesday night. Squally weather with wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph may begin along north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast from Wednesday night.

Fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea as strong surface winds from Southwesterly to Westerly direction with speeds reaching 45-55 kmph were likely off the Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast.

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