As predicted, on Thursday afternoon Cyclone Laila hit the coast of Andhra Pradesh, 50 km north of Bapatla town of Guntur district.
From Nellore to Krishna, heavy rainfall and gale winds of 90 to 100 km per hour are disrupting life. By evening the storm is expected to reach the mainland. The immediate affects of Cyclone Laila will be felt in the Ongole, Bapatla, Chirala, Avanigadda, and Nagayalanka regions.
Some regions have already recorded 32 cm of rainfall. Met department feels that the cyclone has weakened somewhat since the start today, but it still has a lot of potential to cause havoc. Met department had earlier warned people that this could be one of the worst storms to hit Andhra since 1977 hurricane which killed more than 10000 people.
Over 40,000 people have been made to evacuate the lower regions of Andhra Pradesh, but an initial estimate suggests that around 12 lakh people will be affected by this cyclone.
Meanwhile, North India continues to suffer under scorching heat, with temperatures hovering around 45 C mark. The weather department predicts there will be no respite in summer for another week at least.
Nationwide weather conditions can be tracked here.