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    Tropical Cyclone Helen Makes Landfall in India

    By , Senior Meteorologist
    November 20, 2013; 8:00 PM ET
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    Tropical Cyclone Helen, accompanied by strong winds and heavy rain, has made landfall across the east-central coastline of India.

    The strength of Tropical Cyclone Helen was equal to that of a tropical storm in the Atlantic Basin as it came onshore. Helen made landfall near Machilipatnam, across the Andhra Pradesh state.

    Wind gusts of 95 to 130 kph (60 to 80 mph) were expected to occur in the vicinity of where Helen came onshore. Such winds are capable of causing widespread tree damage and power outages. Falling trees threaten to cause additional damage and bodily harm.

    This satellite image of what is left of Helen, Friday night local time.

    Rain amounts of around 100 mm (4 inches) with locally higher totals of 200 mm (8 inches) are expected across east-central Andhra Pradesh through Saturday, significantly heightening the concern for flash flooding.

    As of early Saturday morning, local time, 209 mm (8.23 inches) of rain had fallen in Visakhapatnam while 109 mm (3.97 inches) fell in Kakinada.

    Cities in line for Helen's heaviest rain include Machilipatnam, Vijayawada and Chirala.

    Interactive Satellite Loop of India
    AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center
    Andhra Pradesh Weather Center

    Helen will rapidly lose tropical storm status as it moves farther inland, causing the widespread heavy rain to taper off on Saturday. However, localized downpours could still accompany the weakened state of Helen across central India through Sunday.

    As Helen dissipates, attention will turn to the Andaman Sea where another tropical cyclone will attempt to take shape this weekend. Current indications point toward this possible cyclone taking aim at eastern India around the middle of next week.

    All residents of eastern India should continue to check back with AccuWeather.com as more details on next week's tropical cyclone threat become clearer.

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