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Cyclone Burevi, Weather Forecast: Red alert withdrawn from 7 Kerala districts as Cyclone Burevi weakens

Cyclone Burevi, Weather forecast: Both Tamil Nadu and Kerala remain on high alert and the southern districts have reported heavy rains since early Thursday afternoon.

Written by Anjali Marar | New Delhi | Updated: December 4, 2020 10:28:20 pm
Fishermen pack their gear at Shangumughom Beach, Thiruvanathapuram, after high alert on Kerala coasts. (Photo: Maheen Hassan)

Cyclone Burevi, Weather forecast: As cyclone Burevi weakens in the state of Kerala, the India Meteorological Department has withdrawn a red alert it issued in seven districts. In its late night bulletin on Thursday, IMD withdrew the red alert and issued a yellow alert for 10 districts.

Due to the red alert, the state government declared a public holiday in five districts for Friday. The state government’s statement announced  holiday for the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Idukki. Trivandrum International Airport in the state will also remain shut from 10 am to 6 pm Friday. Cyclone Burevi is expected to make landfall and cause heavy rains in Kerala today, the India Meteorological Department said in its latest bulletin. 

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan reviewed the situation and asked people to exercise extreme caution till the storm passes. Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Pinarayi Vijayan and Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palaniswami and assured centre’s assistance in dealing with the situation. 

Cyclone Burevi, weakened into a deep depression and will cross the Tamil Nadu coast on the morning of December 4, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Thursday. The IMD had earlier predicted that Burevi, which crossed the Sri Lanka coast on Wednesday night, would hit the Tamil Nadu coast as a cyclonic storm. Deep depression is a stage of cyclone formation or de-intensification.

The deep depression would move west-southwestwards and cross Ramanathapuram and Thoothukudi districts between Thursday night and Friday early morning with a wind speed of 50-60 kmph, gusting up to 70 mph. It is also very likely to further weaken into a depression (with a wind speed of 40-50 kmph, gusting up to 60 kmph) by Friday.

Named by the Maldives, this is the second cyclone formed in the southwest region of the Bay of Bengal within a week.

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Cyclone Burevi likely to emerge into Gulf of Mannar near Mannar coast; heavy rain likely in Sri Lanka, South Tamil Nadu and Kerala Thursday, Friday. Follow this space for the latest updates.

14:46 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Heavy rains lash Puducherry

Heavy rains lashed Puducherry and its suburban areas on Friday under the influence of cyclone Burevi. Official sources told P T I that during the last 24 hours ending 8.30 AM Friday, Puducherry recorded around 14 cm rainfall. Several housing colonies and main thoroughfares were waterlogged as a result of the torrential rains while power supply was disrupted for several hours in some localities.

The heavy rain was triggered under the influence of the cyclone Burevi in the southwest Bay of Bengal, which has weakened into a deep depression.

Chief Minister V Narayanasamy visited the rain- affected areas, wading through knee-deep water at some places. (PTI)

13:42 (IST)04 Dec 2020
IMD withdraws red alert for 7 Ker districts as cyclone Burevi weakens

As cyclone Burevi weakens in the state of Kerala, the India Meteorological Department has withdrawn the red alert issued in seven districts. In its late night bulletin on Thursday, IMD withdrew the red alert and issued a yellow alert for 10 districts.

In a bulletin released on Friday morning, the IMD said the deep depression is likely to move slowly west- southwestwards and cross Ramanathapuram and adjoining Thoothukudi districts in Tamil Nadu during the next six hours with wind speed of 50-60 gusting to 70 kmph. "It is very likely to weaken further into a depression (wind speed 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph) during next 12 hours," IMD said.

It has issued yellow alerts for the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad and Malappuram.

12:29 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Depression over Gulf of Mannar to further weaken in the next 12 hours

The Deep Depression over the  Gulf of Mannar close to Ramanathapuram District is likely to move west-southwestwards and cross Ramanathapuram and adjoining Thoothukudi districts during next 6 hours with wind speed of 50-60 gusting to 70 kmph, IMD said  on Friday.  It is very likely to weaken further into a Depression (wind speed 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph) during next 12 hours.

10:27 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Heavy showers in Tamil Nadu, Kerala today

Heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal and Mahe is likely over the next 24 hours, the India Meteorological Department said in its bulletin Friday morning. 

Heavy rains lashed several parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry starting from last night with cyclonic storm 'Burevi' all set to cross the state's south coast between Pamban and Kanyakumari, the IMD said. 

Yesterday regions including those falling under the Cauvery delta zone like Kodavasal in Tiruvarur district, Nagapattinam, Vedaranyam, Karaikal, Tiruthuraipoondi and Mudukulatur in Ramanathapuram received rainfall between nine cm and a maximum of 20 cm since last night and till this morning.

09:10 (IST)04 Dec 2020
NDRF teams deployed in Kerala's five districts; IMD predicts heavy rain till Dec 5


The IMD has predicted that Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Idukki and Ernakulam districts would receive heavy rains and wind from December 3 to 5.

Police, Fire and Rescue forces along with the NDRF teams have been deployed in the event of any emergency
situation.

One team each of NDRF personnel have been deployed to the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam districts and two teams in Idukki district.

08:20 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Red alert, cyclone warning for Southern parts of Tamil Nadu & Kerala coasts

The India Meteriological Department has issued a red alert and cyclone warning for south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala coasts. IMD said the storm is all set to cross south Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Kanyakumari.

08:14 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Kerala declares public holiday in 5 districts

As the state remains on high alert due to Cyclone Burevi, the Kerala government declared a public holiday in five districts for Friday. The state government’s statement announced the public holiday for the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Idukki.

"A public holiday for all government offices including public sector undertakings has been declared for the five districts in the state," the statement said. (With PTI inputs)

22:27 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Kerala braces for 'Burevi'; Thiruvananthapuram airport to be shut on Dec 4

The International airport will remain shut for eight hours from Friday morning and over 2000 relief camps have been opened as Kerala remains on high alert with heavy rains expected when cyclone Burevi makes landfall. The district administration here has opened 217 relief camps and 15,840 people have been shifted there from disaster-prone areas.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan reviewed the situation and asked people to exercise extreme caution till the storm passes. Vijayan, who chaired a high level meeting with senior officials this evening, also informed Union Home Minister Amit Shah about the steps being taken by the state to face the situation. (PTI)

21:14 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Cyclone Burevi weakens, to cross TN as deep depression: IMD

Cyclone Burevi has weakened into a deep depression and will cross the Tamil Nadu coast on the morning of December 4, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Thursday. The IMD had earlier predicted that Burevi, which crossed the Sri Lanka coast on Wednesday night, would hit the Tamil Nadu coast as a cyclonic storm.

Deep depression is a stage of cyclone formation or de-intensification. "Cyclonic storm Burevi over Gulf of Mannar weakened into a deep depression on 3rd December and is close to Ramanathapuram district coast, about 20 kilometres southwest of Pamban and 210 km east-northeast of Kanyakumari," the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said this evening.

The associated wind speed is about 55-65 kmph, gusting up to 75 kmph, it added. The deep depression would move west-southwestwards and cross Ramanathapuram and Thoothukudi districts between Thursday night and Friday early morning with a wind speed of 50-60 kmph, gusting up to 70 kmph.

It is also very likely to further weaken into a depression (with a wind speed of 40-50 kmph, gusting up to 60 kmph) by Friday. (PTI)

19:54 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Cyclone Burevi: Thiruvanathapuram Airport closed from 10 pm to 6 am tomorrow

Thiruvanathapuram Airport will remain closed from 10 am to 6pm on Friday, December 4, because of the approaching Cyclonic Storm Burevi. The India Meteorological Department (IMD), in its latest bulletin, has said Burevi may make its landfall in Kerala on December 4 and issued a red alert and cyclone warning for south Tamilnadu and south Kerala coasts.

17:48 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Kerala sounds alert in health sector over Cyclone Burevi threat

The Kerala Health department on Wednesday sounded an alert in the wake of the cyclone Burevi, which is expected to hit the state on December 4, and said all precautionary measures were taken to meet any emergency situation. Health Minister K K Shylaja said the alert was issued to effectively combat various health issues caused by the cyclone and rains and the subsequent epidemic. Director of Health and Director of Medical Education have been instructed to ensure sufficient medical facilities and medicines in state hospitals. (PTI)

17:02 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Cyclone Burevi to cross Pamban in 3 hours

In the next three hours, Cyclone Burevi will cross the Pamban area, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in its latest cyclone bulletin said. At 2:30 pm on Thursday, cyclone Burevi was located 230 east-northeast of Kanyakumari was approaching the mainland packing winds with speeds ranging between 70 to 80 km/hr gusting to 90 km/hr. The IMD said, " The cyclone would move west-southwestwards and cross south Tamilnadu coast between Pamban and Kanyakumari during the intervening night of Thursday and Friday." At the time of landfall, winds gusting with a speed of 90 km/hr is forecast over the southernmost districts of Tamil Nadu.

Both Tamil Nadu and Kerala remain on high alert and the southern districts have reported heavy rain since early Thursday afternoon. Thirunelveli, Tenkasi, Kanyakumari, Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta districts continue to remain under 'red' alert. These districts will continue to record heavy rain till Friday. Cloudy sky and windy conditions have dominated the southern districts on the day. Till Thursday morning, cyclone Burevi lay over the Gulf of Mannar after it crossed north Trincomalee in Sri Lanka late on Wednesday night.

16:28 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Cyclone Burevi moving away from Sri Lanka, damage has been minimal: Officials

Cyclone Burevi, which made landfall in Sri Lanka's Northern Province on Wednesday night, has not caused much damage but its after-effects will last for another 24 hours, the country's meteorological department said on Thursday. The tropical cyclone made landfall in the island nation's Trincomalee district between Thiriyaya and Kuchchaveli villages last night, the Disaster Management Centre said.

Districts in the island's north and east received as much as 200 mm of rain. However, its impact was less than what was anticipated by the officials. Incidents of flooding and tree felling were reported but property damage has largely been contained, officials said.

In a flash flood in Trincomalee district, 12 houses were submerged. Over 630 families were accommodated in temporary relief camps, while over 1,700 families made personal arrangements in safe locations. (PTI)

15:16 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Kerala CM calls for high-level meeting to tackle rain fury

As Kerala remains under high alert expecting heavy rains and winds as a result of cyclone Burevi, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday called for a high-level meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) and other departments. The India Meteorological Department (IMD), in its latest bulletin, has said Burevi may make its landfall in Kerala on December 4 and issued a red alert and cyclone warning for south Tamilnadu and south Kerala coasts.

The IMD has predicted that Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Idukki and Ernakulam districts would receive heavy rains and wind from December 3 to 5. (PTI)

13:26 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Fishermen pack their gear as NDRF and Rapid Response Team looks on

Fishermen pack their gear as NDRF and Rapid Response Team looks on at Shangumughom Beach, Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala, on Thursday morning. (Photo: Maheen Hassan)

11:52 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Red alert in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Amit Shah assures CMs of all possible help

The India Meteorological Department has issued red alert in Tamil Nadu and Kerala for Thursday after forecast of heavy to very heavy rainfall in the region due to emergence of Cyclone Burevi. Parts of South Tamil Nadu –– Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Kanniyakumari, Tenkasi and Sivagangai districts –– are expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall and isolated extremely heavy falls as an impact of Burevi, a cyclonic storm which has moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 11 kmph during past six hours and is very likely to emerge into Gulf of Mannar near Mannar coast during next 3 hours. Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is also expected over south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala on Friday, 2020.

10:21 (IST)03 Dec 2020
'Modi government is committed towards all possible support': Amit Shah speaks to Tamil Nadu, Kerala CMs

Have spoken to Tamil Nadu chief ministers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala n the wake of Cyclone Burevi. Modi government is committed for all possible support to help people of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Several teams of NDRF are already deployed in both the states.

09:29 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Total suspension of fishing till Saturday

  • Total suspension of fishing operation during 3rd to 5th December over the areas as mentioned below.
  • Fishermen are advised not to venture into southwest Bay of Bengal and along & off east Sri Lanka coast on 3rd December; Comorin Area, Gulf of Mannar and south Tamilnadu-Kerala and west Sri Lanka coasts from 3rd to 4th December, over Lakshadweep-Maldives area & adjoining southeast Arabian Sea from 3rd to 5th December.


09:14 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Rainfall warnings from IMD

  • Heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with isolated Extremely heavy falls very likely over south Tamilnadu (Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Kanniyakumari, Tenkasi and Sivagangai districts) and over south Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzah) on 3rd December and isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall likely over south Tamilnadu and south Kerala on 4th December, 2020.
  • Heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over north Tamilnadu, Puducherry, Mahe & Karaikal and north Kerala on 3rd December, isolated heavy rainfall on 4th December.
  • Heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over south Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Lakshadweep on 3rd & 04th December.

09:11 (IST)03 Dec 2020
Heavy to very heavy rainfall likely over South Tamil Nadu tonight, early morning tomorrow

Parts of South Tamil Nadu –– Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Kanniyakumari, Tenkasi and Sivagangai districts –– are expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall and isolated extremely heavy falls on Thursday as an impact of Burevi, a cyclonic storm which has moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 11 kmph during past six hours and is very likely to emerge into Gulf of Mannar near Mannar coast during next 3 hours. Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is also expected over south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala on Friday, 2020.

At 5.30 am on Thursday, it laid centred over Sri Lanka about 40 km east of Mannar, 120 km east-southeast of Pamban (India) and 320 km east-northeast of Kanniyakumari (India). With a wind speed of 70-80 gusting to 90 kmph, it would be centred very close to Pamban around noon. It would then move nearly west-southwestwards across Pamban area by afternoon and cross south Tamilnadu coast between Pamban and Kanniyakumari during Thursday night and Friday early morning. The Cyclonic Storm ‘Burevi’ over Sri Lanka has moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 11 kmph during past six hours and at 5.30 am laid centred over Sri Lanka about 40 km east of Mannar, 120 km east-southeast of Pamban (India) and 320 km east-northeast of Kanniyakumari (India).

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with the chief ministers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Wednesday and discussed the situation prevailing in parts of the states due to cyclone Burevi while pledging all possible support from the Centre. Tweeting about his telephonic conversation with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami, Modi said, "We discussed the conditions prevailing in parts of the state due to Cyclone Burevi. Centre will provide all possible support to TN. I pray for the well-being and safety of those living in the areas affected."

A ‘red’ alert for extremely heavy rain has been issued for Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Tenkasi districts in Tamil Nadu and Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha districts of Kerala for Wednesday and Thursday. Heavy rain will continue over the extreme southern districts of both these states till December 4.

Named by the Maldives, this is the second cyclone formed in the southwest region of the Bay of Bengal within a week. Burevi is also the third cyclone formed in the North Indian Ocean region— comprising the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. On November 23, cyclone Gati, formed in the Arabian Sea, had hit the Somalia coast. Soon after, severe cyclone Nivar, formed in the Bay of Bengal, hit Karaikal in Puducherry on November 25.

The Met department’s special bulletin said, “The cyclone is located 400kms east-southeast of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka and 800kms east-southeast of Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu. It will intensify within the next 12 hours, crossing near Trincomalee during evening or night Wednesday.”

The storm, which will retain its intensity and maintain a wind speed of 75 to 85 km/hr gusting to 95 km/ hr till December 4, will then emerge near Gulf of Mannar on Thursday morning. “It will move westwards and cross Kanyakumari and Pamban on the morning of December 4,” the officials of IMD said.