Tropical Cyclone Phethai brought wind and rain to parts of eastern India on Sunday night. The center of Phethai made landfall southwest of Visakhapatnam, India near the Mouths of the Godavari. At 10:00 p.m. EST on Sunday the center of Tropical Cyclone Phethai was located at latitude 15.7°N and longitude 82.4°E which put it about 150 miles (240 km) southwest of Visakhapatnam. Phethai was moving toward the north at 11 m.p.h. (17 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 55 m.p.h. (90 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 75 m.p.h. (120 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 989 mb.
Tropical Cyclone Phethai strengthened earlier on Sunday, but it started to weaken slightly when it approached the east coast of India. Phethai moved over slightly cooler water as it moved farther north over the western Bay of Bengal. Tropical Cyclone Phethai moved closer to upper level westerly winds in the middle latitudes and the vertical wind shear increased. Cooler water and more wind shear caused Phethai to start to weaken when it approached the coast.
Even though Tropical Cyclone Phethai started to weaken when it approached the coast of India, the circulation remained well organized. There was a distinct center of circulation. Stronger thunderstorms were occurring just to the west of the center. Additional bands of showers and thunderstorms were located north and east of the center of Tropical Cyclone Phethai. Winds to tropical storm force extended out about 140 miles (225 km) from the center of circulation.
Tropical Cyclone Phethai is moving around the western end of a ridge of high pressure over southeast Asia. The ridge will steer Phethai in a north-northeasterly direction. On its anticipated track Tropical Cyclone Phethai will move over eastern Andhra Pradesh and southern Orissa. Phethai will drop locally heavy rain as it moves inland and flash flooding could occur in some locations.
Elsewhere, Tropical Cyclone Kenanga strengthened over the South Indian Ocean. At 10:00 p.m. EST on Sunday the center of Tropical Cyclone Kenanga was located at latitude 12.7°S and longitude 83.7°E which put it about 1095 miles (1770 km) east-southeast of Diego Garcia. Kenanga was moving toward the southwest at 20 m.p.h. (32 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 60 m.p.h. (95 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 75 m.p.h. (120 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 987 mb.