Eight people died in the storms that hit the southeastern coast of India, the local authorities announced today, ahead of the onslaught of Cyclone Michaung, which is expected to make landfall in a few hours.
Michaung is expected to hit the Andhra Pradesh coast during the day, the Indian Meteorological Service said, adding that the cyclone is accompanied by winds of up to 100 kilometers per hour.
Heavy rains are expected in some areas.
Local authorities in Madras, the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, said eight people had died in the storms.
The storm uprooted trees, while some vehicles were swept away by heavy rain, many houses were flooded, and a crocodile was seen swimming in the streets of Madras.
Scientists warn that storms are becoming more powerful due to climate change and global warming.
Cyclones, equivalent to hurricanes in the North Atlantic or typhoons in the Northwest Pacific, are a regular occurrence on the coasts of the northern part of the Indian Ocean, where tens of millions of people live.