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Tej turns into extremely severe cyclone; IMD issues yellow alert in eight districts on Oct. 23

October 22, 2023 06:01 pm | Updated October 23, 2023 04:21 am IST - THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

The State is likely to receive isolated heavy rains triggered by the weather systems over the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. Fishermen advised not to venture intothe southwest and west-central Arabian Sea till Wednesday.

The very severe cyclone, Tej, that formed over the Arabian Sea on Sunday intensified into an extremely severe cyclone. | Photo Credit: MAHINSHA S

The very severe cyclone, Tej, that formed over the Arabian Sea on Sunday intensified into an extremely severe cyclone. The cyclone, which is moving north-westwards, is likely to cross Yemen coast close to Al Ghaidah (Yemen) in the early hours of Tuesday as a very severe cyclonic storm with wind speed of 125-135 kmph gusting to 150 kmph.

Kerala is likely to receive isolated heavy rainfall triggered by the weather systems over the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. A yellow alert has been issued for eight districts from Kollam to Palakkad warning of isolated heavy rains on Monday. However, the typical northeast monsoon rain will be absent at least for the next few days in the State as the present weather system over the Bay of Bengal is likely to upset the flow of north-easterlies.  

Meanwhile, the depression formed over the Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a deep depression in 24 hours and subsequently a cyclonic storm by Tuesday, according to a weather bulletin issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday. The IMD is monitoring the situation. It is likely to move towards the Andhra coast during the next 12 hours and then recurve and move north-eastwards towards Bangladesh and adjoining the West Bengal coast during the subsequent three days.

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Fishermen are advised to not venture into the southwest and west-central Arabian Sea till Wednesday as gale wind speed is likely to reach up to 150-160 kmph gusting to 175 kmph in the west-central Arabian Sea on Monday.

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