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New storm may hit the south coast

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A low-pressure system over the Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a depression Monday night and a cyclone the next morning with gusting winds of up to 80 km per hour, according to the Meteorological Department of the India (IMD). Once it escalates into a cyclone, it will be called Burevi.

The cyclone occurs immediately after the severe cyclonic storm Nivar that made landfall in Karaikal, Puducherry on November 25. It was the third named cyclone to hit the Indian coast in 2020; the first was the super cyclonic storm Amphan in May and the severe cyclonic storm Nisarga in June.

The storm is located 680 km southeast of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka and 1,090 km east of Kanyakumari. IMD has predicted that the cyclone will continue to move northwest and cross the coast of Sri Lanka in the afternoon or evening of December 2. It is likely to continue its westward movement to reach the Indian coast the next morning.

“We are currently focusing on the impact of the cyclone in Sri Lanka, we have not yet predicted where the cyclone will make landfall in India. However, the system will bring rain to some southern states and the sea will be rough. Fishermen have been advised to suspend fishing activities for now, ”said RK Jenamani, senior scientist at the National Weather Forecast Center, IMD.

Strong winds will reach speeds of up to 65 km per hour off the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on December 2 when the system approaches India.

According to the forecast, the system will bring heavy to very heavy rains to Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala, the southern coast of Andhra Pradesh and Lakshadweep for the next two days. It is likely to bring extremely heavy rains to parts of southern Tamil Nadu and southern Kerala on December 3, when it is likely to hit the Indian coast. A red alert was also issued for four districts in southern Kerala, as Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan urged people to be extremely vigilant.

Sea conditions will be rough to very rough from Monday through December 4, and the government has advised a complete suspension of fishing in the region. Fishermen have been warned to return to shores on Monday.

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