The severe cyclonic storm ‘LEHAR’ over southeast Bay of Bengal remained practically stationary during past 3 hrs and lay centred at 1430 hrs IST of today, the 25th November 2013 over southeast Bay of Bengal near latitude 12.00N and longitude 91.50E about 130 km west-northwest of Port Blair, 1200 km east-southeast of Machillipatnam, 1140 km east-southeast of Kakinada and 1060 km southeast of Kalingapatnam. The system would intensify further gradually into a very severe cyclonic storm and would move west-northwestwards and cross Andhra Pradesh coast between Machillipatnam and Kalingapatnam near Kakinada around 28th November noon.
Heavy Rainfall: Moderate rainfall at many places would commence from 27th afternoon over north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south coastal Odisha. Intensity would gradually increase with rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls over north coastal Andhra Pradesh on 28th.
Gale wind: Squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph would commence along and off Andhra Pradesh from 27th evening. It would increase in intensity with gale wind speed reaching 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph along and off coastal districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjoining south coastal Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall.
State of sea:State of Sea along and off Andhra Pradesh will be rough to very rough from 27th evening and will become phenomenal on 28th November along and off north coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjoining south coastal Andhra Pradesh
Damage expected over north coastal Andhra Pradesh:
Extensive damage to kutcha houses. Disruption of power and communication line. Disruption of rail and road traffic. Potential threat from flying debris. Flooding of escape routes. Extensive damage to agricultural crops.
Collectors have been asked to suspend all fisheries operations.
And ensure that all fisherman boats which are in already ventured into sea should return to their respective villages
4 Helicopters have been requisition to meet any contingency, Army, Navy, Coast guard, Marine Police have been alerted.
Collectors to commence evacuations from tomorrow wherever they are likely to be inundated.
DG Police has instructed all SP’s, CP’s to assist the administration in rescue operations, evacuations, removal of road blocks, patrolling work, traffic regulation etc.,
DG fire services have been asked to deploy SDRF teams (450 Personnel) for rescue operations.
In addition to existing 12 teams of NDRF additional 20 teams of NDRF have been requisition.
Irrigation Dept., has been asked to monitor in-flows & out-flows in all the major & minor irrigations projects, Vaagus and streams & develop an affective early warning system
Collector s have been asked to involve Ham-radio Volunteers
Collectors to give vide publicity for Do’s & Don’ts to the people in all the coastal villages about precautions to be taken before & during Cyclone.
Municipal Commissioner s in all the Cities & towns have been asked verify the holdings which are becoming reason for human deaths.
v R&B dept., has been asked to send sufficient equipment to the needy places to clear the road blocks
v Sarpanches to be closely involved in evacuation of people
v RWS and PH depts. Have been asked to closely monitor Drinking water Schemes
v DM & HOs have been asked to constitute medical teams in advance and keep ready required medicines.
v Transco officials have asked to identify vulnerable points and keep ready sufficient materials.
v JD’s of Agriculture are to educate the formers on precautions to be taken safe storage of harvested crops.
v Animal Husbandry dept., has been asked to shift the animals from vulnerable areas / ghoshalas
v Commissioner civil supplies has been asked to make sufficient quantities of essential commodities.
v Collectors to identify all Government Buildings which are safe as Cyclone Shelters in addition to existing Cyclone Shelter and create amenities and appoint camp officers
v Collectors to suspend operation of RTC buses whenever required.