A cyclonic storm formed in the Indian Ocean on Saturday, April 27, with a forecasted path toward the southeastern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. As of 08:30 (local time), the storm is producing sustained winds of 65 kph (40 mph) and is expected to strengthen to an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm, or the equivalent of a Category 3 Atlantic hurricane, with sustained winds of 195 kph (120 mph). The cyclone's path is not clear as of April 27, though it is expected to bring heavy rain, possible flooding, and dangerous surf to the coast of India as early as Tuesday, April 30. Depending on its course, Odisha and West Bengal states may also be affected by the storm.
Individuals in India, particularly along the southeastern coast, are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate severe weather, including heavy rain, damaging winds, and possible flooding, and associated disruptions to power, telecommunication, and transportation, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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