Cyclonic storm Helen has hit the coast near Machilipatnam, AP. The severe cyclonic storm has brought heavy rains in Guntur, East Godavari, West Godavari, Visakhapatnam and other districts. The strong winds have uprooted trees, telecom towers and disrupted transport and power supply in coastal districts. The sea conditions are rough and the sea water at some places flushed out for some metres over land.
The high-speed wind has damaged coconut, banana and paddy crops, dealing another blow to the coastal araes after the damage brought by cyclone Phailin earlier.