In the aftermath of cyclone Nivar hitting the Tamil Nadu coastal regions last week and making a landfall during the early hours of November 26, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) announced on Monday that another cyclonic storm is likely to affect Tamil Nadu.
According to a press release issued by IMD, a depression formed over the southeast area of the Bay of Bengal during the early hours of Monday and moved west-northwestwards and lay centered.
The IMD forecast is that it is very likely to intensify into a deep depression during the next 12 hours and into a cyclonic storm in the 24 hours after that. The storm is expected to cross the Sri Lanka coast during the late hours of December 2.
Speaking to Silverscreen India, N Puviarasan, director of the Area Cyclone Warning Centre at Regional Meteorological Centre said, “This depression when formed into a cyclone will move towards the south of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. It is predicted that there will be no stronger wind speed to create any major destructions, unlike cyclones Vardha, Thane, or Gaja.”
Puviarasan said that even though it has enough moisture content, as there is land presence on both sides from Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka, the intensity of the cyclone cannot be confirmed. He said, “It will move south of Kanniyakumari and the nearby districts will be windy. No major damages are expected. However, there will be some effect in Sri Lanka.”
The newly formed storm is expected to bring heavy rainfall to the southern districts of Tamil Nadu, including in Kanniyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Tenkasi, Ramanathapuram, and Sivagangai, on December 2 and 3. This time, regions in Kerala, including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, and Alappuzha, are also likely to get rainfall on December 3.
The IMD has issued a warning for the total suspension of fishing operations, starting from Monday until December 4. Fishermen who have already ventured into the sea are to return to the coast by Monday (November 30) since the sea conditions are expected to be rough in the Bay of Bengal and the adjoining Sri Lankan coast.
According to one scientific assistant at the IMD, the depression in the Bay of Bengal will most likely be named Burevi if it forms into a cyclone. However, since the depression has not formed into a cyclone yet, it is not official, he added.
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