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Burevi, Weather forecast: As cyclone Burevi weakens in the state of Kerala, the India Meteorological Department has withdrawn a red alert it issued in seven districts.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