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Burevi, Weather forecast: As cyclone Burevi weakens in the state of Kerala, the India Meteorological Department has withdrawn a red alert it issued in seven districts.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.