Vizag ODI at cyclone's mercy now
New Indian Express article.
Vizag, India - Helen, a severe cyclonic storm, poses a threat to the much awaited second One-Day International cricket match between India and West Indies to be played at YS Rajasekhara Reddy cricket stadium here on November 24.
Meteorologists forecast heavy rains at several places after the storm crosses coastal Andhra Pradesh.
The severe cyclonic storm over west central Bay of Bengal has moved slightly west northwest and lay centred at about 210 km east southeast of Machilipatnam, about 300 km east northeast of Ongole and 190 km south southeast of Visakhapatnam.
The Helen is moving northwest slowly and it is expected to cross Machilipatnam Friday evening.
Under its influence, rains at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall would occur across the Andhra Pradesh coast during the next 48 hours.
Under its impact, heavy rains have been reported in several areas in the north coastal districts. Several pockets, including Madhurawada, in the city have also been receiving heavy rains. According to the IMD scientists, the rains would continue till Sunday.
“According to the information, rains will continue for another 24 hours after the storm crosses the coast. If the storm crosses the coast by Friday evening, the rains will continue Saturday and clear sky will appear Sunday.
However, all these predictions will change after assessing the capacity of the storm while it is crossing the coast,” a senior IMD scientist said.