Residents of Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra Pradesh are advised to brace themselves as squally winds and heavy to very heavy rains are expected to hit the region between December 3 to 5, courtesy of Cyclone Michaung. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for Andhra Pradesh on December 4 and 5, cautioning citizens to stay vigilant.
Cyclone Michaung, currently a depression over the Bay of Bengal, is projected to intensify into a deep depression by Saturday and is likely to evolve into a cyclonic storm by Sunday (December 3). The storm is predicted to make landfall on the south coast of Andhra Pradesh, somewhere between Nellore and Machilipatnam, during the evening of December 4.
Dr. S Karuna Sagar, a scientist at IMD-Amaravati, has warned that coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh can anticipate heavy to very heavy rainfall at some locations and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated spots on Sunday and Monday. Additionally, extremely heavy rainfall is forecasted at isolated places on December 5. Parts of Rayalaseema are also expected to experience heavy to very heavy rainfall during this period.
Chief Secretary KS Jawahar Reddy assured that the state government is fully prepared for the approaching cyclone. In a recent video conference with Union Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, who reviewed cyclone preparedness with chief secretaries of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, and Puducherry, Reddy stated that all collectors in coastal districts are on high alert. The civil supplies department has been instructed to stock up on additional food grains for emergencies, and exclusive control rooms have been established at both state and district levels to coordinate swift responses.
Residents are advised to stay updated on weather alerts, follow safety guidelines, and cooperate with local authorities during this critical period.