Cy­clone may strike on Nov. 14

IMD says weather sys­tem will bring heavy rain to north Tamil Nadu coast

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - K. Lak­shmi

North coastal Tamil Nadu may be­gin to get rains from Novem­ber 14 evening. There are chances for mod­er­ate rain­fall over Chennai too from Wed­nes­day due to a cy­clonic storm brew­ing in the Bay of Ben­gal.

The well-marked low pres­sure area over south-east Bay of Ben­gal and ad­join­ing north An­daman sea, about 1,220 km east south-east of Chennai and 1,270 km east south-east of Nel­lore is ex­pected to be­come cy­clonic storm by early hours of Mon­day. It is likely to move west south-west­wards to­wards north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts by Novem­ber 14 night.

Ac­cord­ing to IMD bul­letin, there is a prob­a­bil­ity for the weather sys­tem to turn into se­vere cy­clonic storm by Novem­ber 13 with wind speeds gust­ing up to 135 kmph.

Mod­er­ate rain

N. Pu­viarasan, di­rec­tor, Area Cy­clone Warn­ing Cen­tre, Chennai, said the weather sys­tem is ex­pected to bring mod­er­ate rain­fall from Wed­nes­day evening over many places of north coastal dis­tricts, in­clud­ing Tiru­val­lur, Chennai and Cud­dalore. One or two places may have chances of heavy rain­fall too.

“We are track­ing the sys­tem’s move­ment and in­ten­sity that will de­ter­mine rains spread­ing over in­te­rior parts of the State. Its move­ment and strength will de­ter­mine the rain spell,” he said. Fish­er­men have been warned not to ven­ture into south­east and ad­join­ing east-cen­tral Bay of Ben­gal from Sun­day and those en­gaged in deep sea fish­ing have also been ad­vised to re­turn to the coast be­fore Novem­ber 12.

Un­til then, only one or two places in the State are likely to re­ceive rains, he added. As on Satur­day, the State has recorded 20 cm of rain­fall against its av­er­age of 26 cm so far for the sea­son since Oc­to­ber 1. Chennai’s north-east mon­soon rain­fall has fallen short by 50% this sea­son.

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