Visakhapatnam: The cyclone warning centre in Vishakhapatnam has predicted that a cyclone is likely to hit the state in the next 24 hours as the existing depression over the Bay of Bengal will most probably intensify into a deep depression. The cyclone is likely to make landfall in South coastal Andhra Pradesh. Nellore, Chittoor and Prakasam districts will be hit by the cyclone.Also Read - Arrangements in Final Phase to Make Sputnik V Vaccine Available in 9 More Cities Across India: Dr Reddy’s

With the existing depression and cyclone, heavy rainfall is most likely to hit several parts of the state from December 15 onwards. Following this prediction by the Vishakhapatnam cyclone warning centre, fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea from Friday, December 14 itself. Also Read - Andhra Pradesh: Fire at HPCL Plant in Visakhapatnam, No Injuries Reported

The cyclone Phethai has higher chances of further intensification into a severe cyclone, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. It is the third cyclone in the northeast monsoon season. Nellore, Chittoor and Prakasam districts which are likely to be hit by the cyclone is located 1300 km away from Machilipatnam coast in Krishna district of the state. Also Read - Cyclone Yaas: Storm Likely To Cause Maximum Damage In Odisha’s Chandbali, Warns IMD

hence, moderate to heavy rains associated with winds are expected to occur over the southern coastal and Rayalaseema districts of Andhra Pradesh, as per the IMD. Heavy to very heavy rains would occur along Chittoor, Prakasam and Nellore districts from December 15 to 17.

Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu would hold a meeting with the officials at the Secretariat at Amaravati on Thursday night or Friday morning, as per sources.