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Week after cyclone Nivar, Tamil Nadu braces for cyclone ‘Burevi’

On November 25, severe Cyclone Nivar had hit near Karaikal and brought along extremely heavy rain over Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and coastal Andhra Pradesh.

Written by Anjali Marar | Pune | Updated: November 30, 2020 10:11:52 pm
cyclone Burevi, burevi, tamil nadu cyclone, cyclone nivar, tamil nadu, kerala cyclone, puducherry cyclone, sri lanka cyclone, tamil nadu weather forecast, storm, imd, indian express newsBoats anchored at a coastal area before the landfall of Cyclone Nivar, in Mamallapuram. (PTI Photo/ Nov. 25, 2020.)

Another cyclone, brewing in the southeast region of the Bay of Bengal, is headed towards southern Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka coasts.

On November 25, severe Cyclone Nivar had hit near Karaikal and brought along extremely heavy rain over Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and coastal Andhra Pradesh.

“We have noticed warmer sea surface temperatures recorded both in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea,” said Dr D Sivanand Pai, head of the Climate Research and Services at IMD, Pune.

Such warming favours the development of cyclones. Meteorologists say that sea conditions during November remain most favourable for cyclone genesis in these two seas. Every year, about five cyclonic storms form in this region, four of which develop in the Bay of Bengal.

On Monday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) set up a pre-cyclone watch. The Met office has said that a depression, which lies at about 1,120 km east-southeast of Kanyakumari, is set to intensify within 12 hours and by Tuesday, it will develop into a cyclonic storm.

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“It will also intensify into a cyclonic storm and move west-northwestwards and cross the Sri Lanka coast around December 2,” stated the special bulletin released by the IMD on Monday.

Once the system attains the strength of a cyclonic storm, it will be named ‘Burevi’.

cyclone Burevi, burevi, tamil nadu cyclone, cyclone nivar, tamil nadu, kerala cyclone, puducherry cyclone, sri lanka cyclone, tamil nadu weather forecast, storm, imd, indian express news The projected trajectory of cyclone Burevi. (Source: IMD)

Under the influence of this approaching cyclone, the weather bureau has issued a ‘red’ alert warning of very heavy to extremely heavy (more than 20 cm) rain over southern districts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Wednesday.

Rainfall will continue in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Lakshadweep till December 5.

Squally winds with speeds ranging between 55 and 65 km/hour, gusting to 75 km/hour, will be seen in the next two days. With sea conditions likely to remain extremely rough, fishermen have been warned against venturing into the sea till the end of this week.

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