Visakhapatnam: Parts of south-coastal Andhra Pradesh have been put on alert, following the cyclone Phethai warning in south Indian coast, a report said. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu directed state officials to stay prepared to evacuate people from vulnerable coastal areas, lest the danger befalls, Times of India reported.

Following this prediction by the Vishakhapatnam cyclone warning center, fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea from Friday, December 14 itself.

The cyclone, brewing in the Bay of Bengal, is being said to make a landfall in Andhra Pradesh, although there is no consensus on the same. ‘Phethai’ would be a powerful one, reports indicated.

After the cyclone warning in Andhra Pradesh, Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) predicted heavy showers in adjoining Chennai, New Indian Express reported. Acting on the possible danger, Tamil Nadu government directed all deep sea fishing vessels to be returned to the coast.

The state agriculture department also issued a number of precautions for farmers so that they can save their produce from the damage by the cyclone. The guideline has been issued in view of the cyclone Phethai forecast.

Notably, the cyclone warning center in Vishakhapatnam on Thursday predicted that a cyclone is likely to hit the state today as the existing depression over the Bay of Bengal would most probably intensify into a deep depression. With the existing depression and cyclone, heavy rainfall is most likely to hit several parts of the state from December 15 onwards.

As per latest update on the cyclone, the depression over the Bay of Bengal continues to move northwestward at 18 km/h and is expected to intensify on Friday and turn into a Cyclonic Storm while still over the sea by Saturday. Heavy rain and strong winds are forecast in southern India from Saturday to Monday, The Weather Channel reported.

Furthermore, 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.