Chennai, Dec 11: The Indian Navy on Sunday said the cyclonic storm Vardah is likely to cross south Andhra Pradesh coast and nothern Tamil Nadu coast tomorrow (December 12) afternoon.
The cyclone is likely to weaken as it passes these areas, which includes areas between coastline of Chennai and Ongole, said Navy PRO.
Likely to weaken gradually while moving towards South Andhra Pradesh coast and adjoining north Tamil Nadu coast:Navy PRO #cyclonevardah— ANI (@ANI_news) December 11, 2016
Vardah, has in the past six hours, moved further west-northwestwards during past 6hrs with 20 kmph speed, reported news agency ANI.
The IMD''s earlier prediction was that the storm would to intensify into severe cyclonic storm with wind speeds of 90-130 kmph from December 9 onwards.
""CycloneVardah is expected to cross coast btw South Nellore and Chennai by tomorrow evening," news agency ANI quoted Disaster management commissioner MV Seshagiri Babu as saying.
Control rooms opened in Vijayawada;Necessary personnel positioned in coastal mandals;5NDRF teams moved;Monitoring situation closely-MVS Babu pic.twitter.com/aPdZX2dyrG— ANI (@ANI_news) December 11, 2016
The cyclonic storm, was on Thursday, 340 kms of Car Nicobar and 1,060 kms of Vishakapatnam, which had prompted Navy and the Coast Guard to evacuate tourists from Andaman and Nicobar islands.
A fleet of seven ships and six helicopters evacuated all 2,376 tourists, including several foreign nationals, stranded in two islands of the Andamans due to cyclonic weather.
Located about 40 km from Andaman, Havelock and Neil are the most popular tourist attractions in the Andamans where tourists were stranded since Monday due to torrential rains, choppy seas and heavy winds
Fishermen have been advised to not venture into the sea from the next 24 hours along the Andaman and Nicobar coast and starting December 10 along Andhra Pradesh coast. Fishermen out at sea are advised to return to coast.