Severe Cyclonic Storm, HELEN over westcentral Bay of Bengal

Yesterday’s cyclonic storm ‘HELEN’ over west central Bay of Bengal intensified into a severe cyclonic storm in the early morning of today, the 21st November 2013 and lay centred at 0830 hrs IST of today near latitude 15.80N and longitude 83.40E about 240 km east-southeast of Machillipatnam, 350 km east-northeast of Ongole and 210 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam. It would move northwestwards slowly for some time, then westward and cross Andhra Pradesh coast near Machillipatnam around afternoon/evening of 22nd November 2013.