The cyclone hit the coast near Bapatla around 1.40 pm and moved on northwards by 5.30 pm. "The system is likely to weaken gradually and move initially in a northerly direction and then recurve in northeasterly direction towards south Orissa. There is a possibility of the cyclonic system emerging in the north Bay of Bengal and intensifying again over sea," the Indian Meteorological department warned and called for vigil across the region for at least another 24 hours. Despite the cyclonic system moving away, the coastal region of AP is expected to receive heavy to very heavy rains on Friday as well.
Even as the cyclone-battered Ongole town is limping back to normality, the heavy rain received in the last two days, has made rivulets like Gundlakamma, Addavagu, Pothurajukalva swollen.
Addanki received the highest rainfall of 522 mm followed by Maddipadu 510 mm and Kothapatnam 258 mm in the last 24 hours. Ongole has got 320 mm on May 20th and 142 mm in last 24 hours. Three irrigation tanks suffered breaches People in several villages like Maddiralapadu, Chevella, Karavadi, Gundayapalem, Chintala were marooned on Friday.