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 Climate Research and Services at India Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune. The warming of the sea favours the development of cyclones.
Once the system attains the strength of a cyclonic storm, it will be named 'Burevi'. The weather bureau has issued a 'red' alert warning of very heavy to extremely heavy rain over southern districts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on 2nd December, Wednesday.
Every year, around five cyclonic storms, form in this region, four of which develop in the Bay of Bengal.
On Monday, the IMD set up a pre-cyclone watch. The Met Office has said that a depression, which lay at about 1,120 km east-southeast of Kanyakumari, is set to intensify within 12 hours and by Tuesday, it will develop as a cyclonic storm. “It will also intensify into a cyclonic storm and move west-northwestwards and cross Sri Lanka coast around December 2,” the special bulletin released by the IMD on Monday, stated. Once the system attains the strength of a cyclonic storm, it will be named ‘Burevi’.
A red alert has been issued in southern districts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Wednesday. While rainfall will continue all through Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Lakshadweep till December 5.
Stormy winds with speeds ranging between 55 to 65 km/hr to 75 km/hr are very likely during the next two days. With sea conditions likely to remain extremely rough, fishermen have been warned against entering the sea till the end of this week.