Odisha Channel Bureau
Visakhapatnam: Heavy rains battered coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha as the deep depression in the Bay of Bengal crossed Kakinada in North Andhra on Tuesday morning.
There were tense moments when a Bangladeshi cargo ship drifted towards a park at Visakhapatnam due to gusting winds.
Several trees were uprooted disrupting power supply as the system triggered heavy rain across the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
An official of Visakhapatnam Port said no casualties or major damage was reported when the ship came close to the shore at Tenneti Park. It will be allowed to sail only after certification on its sea-worthiness.
The deep depression crossed north Andhra Pradesh coast close to Kakinada (near Lat. 17.0°N & Long 82.4° E) with maximum sustained wind speed of 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph.
The deep depression is being monitored by coastal Doppler Weather Radars of Machilipatnam, Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur-on-Sea.
As per radar imageries the rain bands lie along the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh and adjoining interior districts. Moderate convection also lies over south Odisha and Telangana.