Barely 41 days after cyclone Phailin wreaked havoc on north coastal Andhra, now cyclone Helen is all set to unleash a dance of destruction on south coastal Andhra Pradesh and its neighbouring states. The cyclone will approximately reach the state in the wee hours on Friday (November 22).
MeT department officials have said that the maximum impact of the cyclone will be felt in Nellore and Prakasam districts.
Under its influence, heavy rainfall is expected at most places, heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall (25cm or more) would occur over coastal Andhra during the next 48 hours, an official bulletin said.
The wind speed of the cyclone, currently 55-65 kmph, is expected to gain sudden momentum and might hit Andhra with a speed og 100-110 kmph.
Sea condition will remain rough to very rough with high tides alonf central and northern parts of Andhra coast.
In October, cyclone Phailin had hit Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, killing over two dozen people and
causing massive damage to property and crops.