A low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal has escalated into a depression, heightening concerns about the possibility of a cyclonic storm hitting the coastal areas between Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Chennai on the evening of December 4, as per the latest update from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
As of 5:30 am on Friday, the depression is centered over the sea, situated approximately 800 km away from Chennai, 970 km from Machilipatnam, 990 km from Bapatla in Andhra Pradesh, and 790 km from Puducherry. The IMD forecasts its west and northwest movement, projecting a trajectory that would lead to a deep depression by December 2 and further intensification into a cyclonic storm by December 3.
The system is anticipated to continue moving in the same direction and is expected to make landfall between Chennai and Machilipatnam on the evening of December 4 as a cyclonic storm, according to an official statement from the IMD.
While the cyclonic storm is likely to bring heavy rainfall, strong winds, and potential storm surges, an official at the Special Relief Commissioner’s Office has stated that it is not expected to have any impact on Odisha.
Residents in the coastal areas under potential threat are advised to stay informed about the evolving weather conditions and adhere to safety guidelines issued by local authorities. Additionally, authorities in the concerned regions are urged to activate disaster management plans and initiate evacuation measures if deemed necessary.
Fishermen are advised to refrain from venturing into the sea during this period, and the public, in general, is encouraged to take necessary precautions to ensure their safety and well-being.