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High alert for Andhra and Odisha as cyclone Roanu set to hit coast

Leading voices in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha were on high alert on Thursday after the deep
gloom in the Bay of Bengal changed into a cyclonic tempest carrying about large downpours and high-speed winds in the two states.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said cyclonic tempest Roanu is accountable to keep on affecting north-north east wards along and off Andhra Pradesh coast amid next 12 hours and north east wards after that. It is liable to increase into an extreme cyclonic tempest by Thursday night.

The cyclonic tempest is liable to travel north east ward bringing about overwhelming rain in
southern and northern parts of Odisha, SC Sahu, IMDs territorial chief in Bhubaneswar, said. It is relied upon to make landfall at Bangladesh in the following 48 hours.

The Cyclonic Warning Center in Visakhapatnam said Roanu, that saved Chennai from overwhelming
downpours, is situated at around 100 km off Machilipatnam coast in Andhra Pradeshs Krishna locale.

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