Chennai

Depression may turn into a cyclone

The asbestos sheets were damaged in the cyclonic storm, Vardah. File

The asbestos sheets were damaged in the cyclonic storm, Vardah. File   | Photo Credit: D. Madhavan

Headed for north T.N., Andhra coast; to be named Phethai

The weather system over the Bay of Bengal is likely to become a cyclonic storm by Friday. In its wake, north coastal parts of the State, particularly Kancheepuram, Chennai and Tiruvallur districts, are bound to get rainfall this weekend.

According to the Meteorological Department, the depression that lies centered over the southeast Bay of Bengal, about 1,150 km southeast of Chennai and 1,330 km of Machilipatnam, is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm on Friday.

N. Puviarasan, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, said the weather system is likely to move northwest towards north Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh coasts by Sunday. “The system will move closer between Chennai and Machilipatnam. As of now, there is a chance of it moving closer to the coast, 200 km from Chennai. We are monitoring the system for better clarity in order to arrive at the landfall area,” he said.

Heavy rain warning

This is bound to bring rainfall over most places in northern coastal regions, including Villupuram and Puducherry. One or two places may experience heavy to very heavy rainfall on Saturday, he added. On Sunday, there is a chance for increase in the heavy rainfall areas as the system may become a severe cyclonic storm. One or two places may witness very heavy rain, above 20cm, on Sunday. However, it may not have much impact over the delta districts, officials said.

The department has warned that squally wind with speed gusting up to 65 km per hour may prevail along and off north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts during the weekend. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea till December 16 and those who are out at sea have been asked to return to the coast. If the system intensifies into a cyclone, it is likely to be named ‘Phethai’, a name given by Thailand. Interestingly, Cyclone Vardah also made a landfall around the same time of the year. It crossed near the Chennai port on December 12 in 2016.

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