At six people were killed and two others injured after lightning strikes in coastal Andhra Pradesh, in the districts of Vizianagaram and Srikakulam
According to media reports, four people including a 54-year-old woman and her nine-year-old grand-daughter died in a lightning strike in Vizianagaram district, while two people died and two persons were injured in Srikakulam district.
This came even as the coastal city of Visakhapatnam received heavy rain and thunderstorms.
"Light to moderate rain or thundershowers very likely to occur at isolated places over coastal Andhra Pradesh. Maximum temperatures likely to be around 42 to 43 degree Celsius over some parts of state," a bulletin for Wednesday from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) stated.
It added that dry weather was likely to prevail over Rayalaseema, with temperatures hovering between 42 to 43 degree Celsius.
Meanwhile, the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) has issued a rough sea warning, and asked fishermen not to venture out to sea, as the water would be dangerous to manoeuvre .
It also said that there would be â€˜swell wavesâ€™ that might get as tall as 2 to 2.2 metres in height, as a result of a pressure system in the south Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal.
The warning said that there would be a possibility of surging of waves when the tide was high and suggested that boats should be tied with some distance from each other, adding that all water-based recreational activity should be suspended when the water surges.
In a related development, the Cyclone Warning Centre in Visakhapatnam said that thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds is likely to occur at isolated places over the state with sea conditions expected to be rough for 12 hours.
However, Visakhapatnam Joint Collector G. Srijana said that the administration had taken steps and directed officials to ensure that untoward incidents were prevented.