The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted the powerful cyclone likely headed for Tamil Nadu, past East Sri Lanka, over the next three to four days.
A preparatory low-pressure area is expected to take shape by Thursday.
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The IMD has warned that this could result in ‘very rough’/‘high sea’ conditions over the South Bay and squally/gale force winds with speeds reaching up to 80 km/hr along and off the Tamil Nadu coast and the Comorin area from Sunday to Tuesday.
It has forecast widespread rainfall with isolated very heavy to extremely heavy rain for Tamil Nadu and adjoining Andhra Pradesh. This would suggest a landfall of the cyclone just to the South of Chennai, as some models are forecasting.
Fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy falls and squally winds are also likely over Kerala and Coastal Karnataka on the three days.
Skymet weather forecast agency also confirms the cyclone circulation in Southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining Equatorial Indian Ocean.
Depression likely in Bay of Bengal by weekend, may intensify into first cyclone of the season- Skymet