|Type of Event:||Ocean Storm - Cyclone|
|Location of Event:||India|
|Date of Charter Activation:||2018-12-17|
|Time of Charter Activation:||12:38|
|Time zone of Charter Activation:||UTC+05:30|
|Project Management:||National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC)|
Cyclone Phethai, a severe cyclonic storm, hit the coastal region of Andhra Pradesh on the afternoon of 17 December. Phethai had wind speeds of up to 80kmph and brought heavy rains.
10,000 people were prepared for disaster response and the Indian Navy warned fishermen along the coastline for two days in advance of the storm.
Several flights were cancelled to the port city of Visakhapatnam due to the turbulent weather conditions, and many trains were disrupted across the region.
Phethai is expected to weaken in the coming hours, though response teams remain on high alert and relief centres are open for people displaced by the conditions.