The India Meteorological Department on Tuesday (October 13) issued a red alert for coastal areas of Karnataka and other parts of south India, warning of heavy rains in the region. This was owing to a fall in atmospheric pressure over the Bay of Bengal.
As the deep depression has been very strong near the Andaman Islands, it may build into a cyclone and most parts of the state would get heavy rainfall from Monday till October 16.
The IMD said Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Karnataka, and parts of Maharashtra are likely to experience heavy to very heavy rainfall.
The deep depression in the Bay of Bengal crossed the coast close to Kakinada in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, bringing with it a massive downpour in several parts of south India.
Under the influence of deep depression, very heavy rainfall is expected over Telangana, heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places are likely over Karnataka, Rayalaseema, south Konkan and Goa, central Maharashtra and Marathawada on Tuesday, the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said.
“Heavy to very heavy rainfall expected to occur at few places over coastal and north interior Karnataka, south Konkan and Goa, Maharashtra and heavy rainfall at isolated places over north AP, Rayalaseema, south interior Karnataka, south Odisha, south Chhattisgarh and Vidarbha,” the IMD said on Tuesday.
The weather department added that thunderstorm with lightning, moderate rain or thundershower will occur at some places with one or two spells of intense rain likely over Koraput, Malkangiri, Nawarangpur, Gajapati, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Khurda, Cuttack and Nayagarh districts.
Owing to the deep depression over the Bay of Bengal, rainfall ranging from 11.5 cm to 24 cm was recorded in more than 100 places in Andhra Pradesh, primarily in East Godavari, West Godavari, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and Krishna districts.
A cargo vessel was swept close to the Tenneti park beach in Visakhapatnam city due to the heavy wind that accompanied the storm. Reports on damages were not immediately available as power supply remained cut off at many places, sources in the SMDA said.
Heavy rains had battered parts of Andhra Pradesh on Monday under the influence of a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal.