IMD warns of Cyclone Burevi, puts Kerala, Tamil Nadu on high alert


The southern coasts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu have been put on high alert after the India Meteorological Department (IMD) announced formation of Cyclone Burevi over southwest Bay of Bengal.

The IMD has issued a red alert for south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala for Thursday. (Photo for representation: PTI)

The southern coasts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu have been put on high alert after the India Meteorological Department (IMD) announced formation of Cyclone Burevi over southwest Bay of Bengal. The IMD has issued a ‘yellow’ cyclone alert along the southern coasts of both the states.

According to IMD, cyclonic storm ‘Burevi’ over southwest Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 12 kmph in the past six hours, and lay centered at 02.30 hours IST on Wednesday over southwest Bay of Bengal near latitude 8.2° N and longitude 83.9° E, about 300 kilometres east-southeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 530 kilometres east-southeast of Pamban (India), and 700 kilometres nearly east of Kanniyakumari.

It is very likely to intensify further and move west-northwestwards and cross Sri Lanka coast close to Trincomalee on Wednesday evening as a cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 75-85 kmph gusting to 95 kmph during these days. It is likely to move nearly westwards thereafter, emerging into the Gulf of Mannar and adjoining Comorin area on Thursday morning. It will then move nearly west-southwestwards and cross south Tamil Nadu coast between Kanniyakumari and Pamban around Friday morning.

Rain alert in south Kerala

The IMD has issued a ‘red’ alert in four districts of Kerala for Thursday. Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta districts may receive extremely heavy rainfall on Thursday. An ‘Orange’ alert has been sounded in Kottayam, Ernakulam and Idukki districts where very heavy rainfall is expected. On Wednesday and Friday, isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in these districts.

Kerala govt prepared, says CM

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that the government is prepared to handle the crisis. “All government departments have been directed to do preparations on war footing. We will get to know more about the impact of the cyclone in the coming hours. We are preparing to handle the situation,” Vijayan said.



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