The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday has issued a cyclone warning for south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala coasts.
According to IMD, Cyclone Burevi is expected to cross the South Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Kanniyakumari during tonight and early morning tomorrow with a wind speed of 70-80kmph gusting to 90 kmph.
"The Cyclonic Storm with a wind speed of 70-80 gusting to 90 kmph would be centered very close to Pamban around noon of 3rd December. It would then move nearly west-south-westwards across the Pamban area by afternoon and cross south Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Kanniyakumari during 3rd December night and 4th December early morning as a Cyclonic Storm with a wind speed of 70-80 gusting to 90 kmph. Thus its impact on south Tamil Nadu coastal districts is very likely to commence from 3rd December forenoon initially over Ramanathapuram district and gradually towards Kanniyakumari district," the IMD said.
The IMD in the wee hours of Thursday said that Cyclonic Storm Burevi over Sri Lanka moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 11 kmph during the past six hours and lay centred about 40 km east of Mannar.
"The Cyclonic Storm ‘Burevi’ over Sri Lanka moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 11 kmph during past six hours and lay centered at 0530 hrs IST of 03rd December over Sri Lanka near Lat. 9.0°N and Long. 80.3°E, about 40 km east of Mannar, 120 km east-southeast of Pamban (India), and 320 km east-northeast of Kanniyakumari (India). It is very likely to move west-northwestwards and emerge into Gulf of Mannar near Mannar coast during next 3 hours," IMD said
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the Cyclonic Storm ‘Burevi’ likely to bring heavy rains and winds at a few places. “Heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places is very likely over south Tamil Nadu (Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Kanniyakumari, Tenkasi and Sivagangai districts) and over south Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, and Alappuzha) on 3rd December and isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall likely over south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala on 4th December, 2020,” it said.
A total of 14 teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in various parts of Tamil Nadu, in light of anticipated cyclonic storm Burevi.
As per the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority (TN-SDMA), two teams have been deployed at Kanniyakumari, Thoothukudi, Nagapattinam, three teams each at Ramanathapuram and Tirunelveli, and one team each at Madurai and Cuddalore. NDRF workers too have reached designated areas and are facilitating administration and helping local citizens.
(Inputs from ANI)