Tropical Cyclone 04B, also known as Helen, in the Bay of Bengal is moving westward towards the east coast of India, with strengthening likely before landfall.
The center of Helen is now less than 200 miles from the coastline, and the trend westward will aim the system towards the central eastern Indian coast for the latter part of the week. Because of the slow movement of the storm, the exact location of landfall is not set in stone, however, the area between the cities of Visakhapatnam and Nellore seems likely.
Rainfall will be the biggest threat with this system, bringing heavy rain as early as Wednesday morning, local time. Winds will start kicking up Wednesday evening, with the strongest gust of up to 65 kph (40 mph) along the coast.
The actual landfall should wait until later on Thursday, but interaction with land will be weakening the storm by that time.
This is not the first time that eastern India has been hit this season by tropical systems.
Phalin tracked through the Bay of Bengal, making landfall farther north, near Brahmapur in the middle of October. The system from last week stated to the south of this new storm, keeping rain along the southern tip of India.
However, Helen could be the start of systems in central India for November.
Looking ahead, there is a good chance for the development of another tropical system in the Bay of Bengal over the weekend. In moving to a favorable environment again, this second storm has the time and potential to become a cyclone also, hitting the same area Helen aims for now.
A series of storms could bring a serious threat for flooding to the east-central coast of India later this month.
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