Indian Meteorological Department said in a Latest release that the Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘PHETHAI’ over westcentral & adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal moved north-northwestwards with a speed of 16 kmph during past 06 hours and lay centred at 2330 hrs IST of 16th December, 2018 over westcentral & adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal near latitude 14.0°N and longitude 82.5°E, about 620 km north-northeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 260 km east-northeast of Chennai (Tamil
Nadu), 280 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and 330 km south-southeast of Kakinada(Andhra Pradesh).
It is very likely to move north-northwestwards and cross Andhra Pradesh coast around Kakinada during 17th December afternoon.
However,due to unfavourable environmental conditions, it is likely to weaken slightly before landfall and cross coast as a cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 70-90 kmphgusting to 100 kmph.
Under its influence Rainfall at most places with heavy to veryheavy falls at a few places over coastal Andhra
Pradesh & extremely heavy falls (≥ 20 cm) atisolated places over north coastal AndhraPradesh (East & west Godavari,
Vishakhapatnam, Krishna, Guntur,Vizianagaram & Srikakulam Districts) and Yanam district of Puducherry on Monday.
Rainfall at many places with heavy falls at isolated places Odisha.
The Met Department also said the damage to thatched huts, minor damage to power and communication lines due to breaking of branches.Major damage to Kutcha and damage to Pucca roads. Uprooting of small trees and some damage to
paddy crops, banana, papaya trees and orchards. Sea water inundation in low lying areas after erosion of
Kutcha embankments in Coastal Andhra Pradhesh.