Cyclone Laila to cross Andhra coast by Thursday

Heavy rains are likely to lash coastal areas of Andhra 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.

Updated: May 18, 2010, 19:09 PM IST

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 indicates
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 here 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 tonight.

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

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.

PTI