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October is “Cyclonic Month” for Coastal Andhra

Hyderabad, Oct 11 (INN): The month of October seems unlucky for the people living in coastal Andhra Pradesh in terms of cyclone.

As per the IMD Data, Of 73 cyclones that crossed coastal Andhra from 1891 to 2012, as many as 30 were reported in the month of October. A total of 19 cyclones came in November, nine in May, eight in September, three each in June and December while cyclone hit the State only once in the month of July.

However, the year-wise data from 1915 to 2012 shows that cyclone is a perennial affair for Andhra Pradesh. While three cyclones hit the coastal Andhra in 1915 and 1987, there were two cyclones every year in 1892, 1904, 1933, 1955, 1969, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1989 and 2010. There was only one cyclone in rest of the years from 1915 to 2012.

Of 73 cyclones that crossed the coast since 1891, as many as 52 were during North-East Monsoon season. While 12 cyclones were reported during South-West monsoon, only nine were reported during summer season.

Nellore districts received maximum number of 23 out of 73 cyclones, followed by Krishna (15), East Godavari (11), Srikakulam (10), Visakhapatnam (7), Prakasam (5) and Guntur (2).

This year the cyclone Phailin is likely to hit the coastal Andhra in the next 48 hours. (INN)

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