Cy­clone threat for Andhra fiz­zles out

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - NATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

HY­DER­ABAD: Coastal Andhra Pradesh, and es­pe­cially Visakha­p­at­nam, heaved a sigh of re­lief after a threat of a cy­clonic storm died out on Fri­day.

A low pres­sure area in the Bay of Ben­gal which had formed over the past few days could only reach the level of a deep de­pres­sion, thereby not need­ing Met of­fi­cials to give it a name. It had, how­ever, be­come popular as ‘Ashoba’.

Ac­cord­ing to Met of­fi­cials, the deep de­pres­sion which was sta­tionery over cen­tral Bay of Ben­gal on Fri­day morn­ing was mov­ing slowly to­wards the Andhra coast.

“But it is weak­en­ing into a de­pres­sion and would sub­se­quently be­come a Well Marked Low Pres­sure Area. It would fiz­zle out be­fore mak­ing a land fall,” a Met of­fi­cial at the cy­clone warn­ing cen­tre, Vizag, told HT.

How­ever, due to the low pres­sure, rains and winds of up to 50 kmph are ex­pected across Andhra and north Tamil Nadu coast from Satur­day.

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