Cyclone Burevi likely to hit Tamil Nadu on December 4
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday forecasted that the cyclonic storm Burevi is likely to cross Tamil Nadu early on Friday (December 4). On Wednesday morning, the storm lay centered about 420 kilometers east-southeast of Pamban, the IMD stated. Cyclone Burevi will cross through southern Tamil Nadu merely a week after Cyclone Nivar ravaged the northern parts of the state.
Cyclone moving west-northwestwards
According to the IMD's Wednesday bulletin, at 8:30 am, the cyclone was centered at 8.6°N, 83.0°E, which corresponds to about 200 km east of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 420 km east-southeast of Pamban, and 600 km nearly east-northeast of Kanyakumari (India). Burevi moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 18 kmph during the past six hours, the bulletin had said.
Burevi to cross TN coast between Kanyakumari and Pamban Friday
The IMD said the cyclonic storm is likely to cross the Sri Lankan coast around December 2 evening/night. It will then likely emerge into the Gulf of Mannar on December 3 and will cross the Tamil Nadu coast between Kanyakumari and Pamban the next day.
IMD issues rain alert for TN, Kerala, Puducherry
The IMD has warned that heavy-very rainfall is likely over southern TN on Wednesday and Thursday and over southern Kerala on Thursday. Isolated heavy-very heavy rainfall is likely over southern TN on Friday and southern Kerala on Wednesday and Friday. Heavy-very heavy rainfall at isolated places is also likely over north TN, Puducherry, Mahe, and Karaikal, along with northern Kerala on Thursday.
Last week, 'very severe' Cyclone Nivar had devastated TN, Puducherry
On the intervening night of November 25 and November 26, Cyclone Nivar had crossed the Tamil Nadu coast, between Puducherry and Mahabalipuram. The "very severe" cyclonic storm had left several regions across TN and Puducherry waterlogged. It also damaged crops, trees, homes, and other infrastructure. At least three people each were reported to have been killed in rain-related incidents in TN and Andhra Pradesh.