Cyclone Michaung to Make Landfall in Andhra on December 5; Heavy Rain Likely in Odisha – News18

Curated By: Nibandh Vinod

Last Updated: December 03, 2023, 11:17 IST

Michaung, named by Myanmar, meaning strength or resilience, intensified from a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal on Sunday.
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Cyclone Michaung is expected to cross the South Andhra Pradesh coast between Nellore and Machilipatnam on December 5, bringing with it maximum sustained wind speeds of up to 100 kmph.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning of the impending arrival of Cyclonic Storm Michaung. The storm is expected to cross the South Andhra Pradesh coast between Nellore and Machilipatnam on December 5, bringing with it maximum sustained wind speeds of up to 100 kmph. The storm is also likely to cause heavy rains in most parts of southern Odisha and the coastal region of the state.

Michaung, named by Myanmar, meaning “strength or resilience,” intensified from a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal on Sunday. As of 5.30 am on Sunday, the storm was centered approximately 300 km east-southeast of Puducherry, 310 km southeast of Chennai, 440 km southeast of Nellore, 550 km south-southeast of Bapatla, and 550 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam.

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The IMD predicts that Michaung will continue its northwestward movement, intensifying further and reaching the west-central Bay of Bengal off south Andhra Pradesh and adjoining north Tamil Nadu coasts by December 4 morning. From there, the storm is expected to move almost northward, parallel to and close to the south Andhra Pradesh coast, making landfall between Nellore and Machilipatnam on December 5 morning.

Odisha is anticipated to experience light to moderate rainfall at most places, with isolated heavy rainfall over south coastal and adjoining south interior Odisha from December 4 to 6. Isolated very heavy rainfall is also possible over the same region on December 5.

The IMD has issued warnings and advisories for Odisha:

  1. Orange AlertHeavy to very heavy rainfall (7 to 20 cm) is likely at one or two places in the five districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati, and Ganjam on December 5.
  2. Yellow AlertHeavy rainfall (7 to 11 cm) is also likely at one or two places in Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, and Puri on December 5.
  3. Fishermen WarnedFishermen are advised not to venture into the sea until further notice due to rough to very rough sea conditions. Squally winds with speeds reaching 35-45 kmph gusting to 55 kmph are expected along and off the Odisha coast (Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, and Jagatsinghpur) from December 4 evening.

These winds are likely to intensify to 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph from December 5 evening for the subsequent 12 hours, gradually decreasing thereafter. Strong surface wind speeds reaching 30-40 kmph gusting to 50 kmph are also likely over Malkangiri, Koraput, and Rayagada districts on December 5.

The Odisha government has put all coastal and southern district collectors on alert and canceled the leave of field workers under the Agriculture department. The East Coast Railways (ECoR) has canceled the running of 54 trains in its jurisdiction due to the expected rain and wind.