Cyclone Helen to hit south Andhra coast

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Manju Shukla
Date  20 Nov 2013
The deep depression in West-central Bay of Bengal has intensified into a Category-1 tropical storm. The weather system has been named Cyclone Helen and is heading towards south coastal Andhra Pradesh and north coastal Tamil Nadu. Cyclone Helen would make landfall tomorrow, sometime at night with a wind speed of 70 to 80 kmph, with wind wind gusts of more than 100 kmph, bringing good amounts of rain in the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. As of now, it looks like the location for landfall would be between Nellore and Ongole. At the moment, the weather system is 400 km east-northeast of Chennai, 300 km east-southeast of Machilipatnam and 400 km east of Kavali and moving in a west-northwest direction but would change the path a bit towards south-southwest to hit South Andhra coast on the night of Thursday, November 21. Good amounts  of rainfall is expected in the region. A few places could also receive heavy or very heavy rain at the southeast coastal belts on Thursday and Friday. The weather system remained stationary for the last two days over the sea, which is the reason behind the strengthening of the deep depression in past 24 hours.

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