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DD intensifies as Cyclonic Storm, heading to North TN coast


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Chennai: The Deep Depression over the Bay has intensified into Cyclonic Storm ‘Mandous’ and would move west-northwestwards and cross the North Tamil Nadu, Pududhcerry and adjoining South Andhra Pradesh coast between Puducherry and Sriharikota by midnight tomorrow.

Met office sources today said the Cyclonic storm“Mandous” pronounced as “Man-Dous” over Southwest Bay of Bengal moved nearly west-northwestwards with a speed of six kmph during the past six hours and lay centered over Southwest Bay of Bengal about 340 km east-northeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 470 km east-southeast of Jaffna (Sri Lanka), 530 km east-southeast of Karaikal and about 620 km southeast of Chennai.

It is very likely to move west-northwestwards and cross north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coast between Puducherry and Sriharikota with a maximum sustained wind speed of 65-75 kmph and gusting to 85 kmph around midnight tomorrow.

As North Coastal districts of Tamil Nadu is expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall, with extremely heavy fall, the State government has put all the district administration on high alert to meet any exigency and has opened more than 5,000 relief camps in all the districts to house people evacuated from low lying areas.

NDRF teams have been deployed in six districts and the Revenue and Disasater Management department authorities are continuously monitoring the situation.

Met office said under the influence of the Cyclonic Storm, light to moderate rainfall is likely to occur at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places very likely over coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal and isolated heavy rainfall over adjoining areas of south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema for the next 48 hrs.

It is likely to reduce to light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places likely over north Tamil Nadu and Rayalaseema and south Andhra Pradesh on December 10.

Squally wind with speed reaching 40-45 kmph and gusting to 55 kmph, is likely to prevail over Southeast Bay of Bengal. Gale wind, with speed reaching 70-80 kmph and gusting to 90 kmph is prevailing over southwest Bay of Bengal. It would further increase becoming 80-90 kmph and gusting to 100 kmph, over the same region and reduce gradually.

Squally wind, with speed reaching 40-50 kmph and gusting to 60 kmph, is likely to commence along and off Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, south Andhra Pradesh and north Sri Lanka coasts coast from today afternoon, becoming 50-60 kmph and gusting to 70 kmph from this evening, increasing to 70-80 kmph and gusting to 90 kmph from tomorrow afternoon and reduce gradually to 50-60 kmph and gusting to 70 kmph by the morning of December 10 and then to 40-50 kmph and gusting to 60 kmph by December 10 night.

Squally wind, with speed reaching 40-50 kmph and gusting to 60 kmph, is likely over Gulf of Mannar and becoming 50-60 kmph and gusting to 70 kmph from tomorrow evening to December 10 morning likely to reduce gradually thereafter.

Sea condition is likely to be very rough to high over Southwest and adjoining areas of Westcentral Bay of Bengal along and off South Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Sri Lanka coasts till December 10 and fishermen were advised not to venture into the sea during this period.

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