According to the India Meteorological Department, Coastal Andhra Pradesh and North Tamil Nadu are expected to receive heavy rainfall on 16th and 17th December due to a severe cyclone Phethai which is heading towards coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
Cyclonic Storm Phethai is the sixth named cyclone of 2018 North Indian Ocean Cyclone season. The previous five named cyclones are Sagar, Mekunu, Luban, Titli, and Gaza.
Cyclone Pethai has emerged as a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal around 900 km off Chennai on 15 December 2018. It was expected to bring heavy rainfalls in the coastal areas of north Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha.
The storm is likely to further develop into a severe cyclonic storm in the subsequent 24 hours and may hit Andhra Pradesh on Monday. As the depression develops into a cyclonic storm, it will be named Phethai.
Heavy rain is likely to hit north Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh on 16th December 2018 or 17th December 2018. Already 14 districts have been put on high alert in Andhra Pradesh.