Low pressure over Bay of Bengal to intensify, cyclonic storm to move towards Tamil Nadu-Puducherry in 24 hours

Low pressure over Bay of Bengal to intensify, cyclonic storm to move towards Tamil Nadu-Puducherry in 24 hours

The low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal has become well-marked and is “very likely” to intensify further into a cyclonic storm and move towards Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, the Met department has said.

“The well-marked low pressure over southwest Bay of Bengal is very likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm during next 24 hrs and move towards Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coast,” IMD’s S Balachandran was quoted as saying by news agency ANI on Monday morning.

“It's likely to cross between Karaikal and Mamallapuram by November 25 afternoon,” Balachandran added.

The low pressure area is likely to concentrate into a depression and intensify into a cyclonic storm and cross Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coasts on November 25, bringing heavy rains, the weather department said on Sunday.

On Sunday, the IMD said the “very severe” cyclonic storm ‘Gati’ over the southwest Arabian Sea moved westwards.

“Very severe cyclonic storm 'Gati' over the southwest Arabian Sea moved westwards and lay centered over the southwest Arabian Sea near Latitude 10.4° N and Longitude 51.5°E, about 40 km east of Somalia coast & 90 km south-southeast of Ras Binnah (Somalia) at 1730 hrs IST today," IMD tweeted.

Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karikkal regions are likely to witness rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy showers at a few places and extremely heavy rains at isolated places under the influence of the cyclonic storm.

An IMD bulletin said, “Sea condition would be rough and wind speed is likely to gradually increase from Sunday onwards, gusting 100 kmph over southwest Bay of Bengal and along and off Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts around the region of landfall on November 25.”

The rainfall activity is likely to increase over south peninsular India from November 23 onwards with fairly widespread showers and thunderstorm activity over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal regions between November 24 and 26.

South coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema, and Telangana are also expected to receive rainfall from November 25 to 26 in view of the system, the bulletin said.

Fishermen have, meanwhile, been advised to stay off the sea and local authorities said they have also advised fishermen who have already set out for fishing to return.