The Cyclonic Storm ‘Gaja’ over the Bay of Bengal has unsettled the waters at Rushikonda in Vizag. With the sea turning turbulent and the waves donning an aggressive avatar, multiple precautions are being taken to prevent any consequences.
While the fishermen have already been warned from venturing into the sea, popular tourist activities at Rushikonda such as speed boating, kayaking and other water sports have been temporarily interrupted.
The sea at Sagar Nagar, Musallayapalem and other neighbouring areas, has also been in the same state. With the cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ causing strong currents in the waters, six youngsters have also been feared drowned recently at the Yarada beach in Vizag.
As per the latest IMD bulletin, “The Cyclonic Storm ‘GAJA’ over West Central and adjoining East Central & South Bay of Bengal moved westwards with a speed of 05 kmph during past 06 hours and lay centred at 0530 hours IST of today, the 13th November, 2018 over westcentral and adjoining east central and south Bay of Bengal near latitude 13.2°N and longitude 87.2°E, about 750 km east of Chennai (Tamilnadu) and 840 km eastnortheast of Nagappattinam(Tamilnadu).”
“It is very likely to intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 24 hours and maintain the intensity during subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move west southwestwards. While moving westsouthwestwards, it is likely to weaken gradually and cross Tamilnadu coast between Cuddalore and Pamban as a Cyclonic Storm during 15th November forenoon,” it further added.
The bulletin also informed that south Coastal Andhra Pradesh & north coastal Tamil Nadu are likely to receive heavy rainfall from the evening of 14 November. “Heavy to very heavy rain at a few places with extremely heavy rain at isolated places likely over Tamil Nadu and heavy rain at isolated places over South Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema and Kerala on 15 November and heavy rain at a few places with very heavy rain at isolated places likely over interior Tamilnadu, Kerala and heavy rain at isolated places over south interior Karnataka on 16 November,” the bulletin read.