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Vikash Sharma

The Low Pressure area over Central parts of South Bay of Bengal and adjoining Equatorial Indian Ocean has concentrated into a depression, said India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday.

As per IMD, the system is likely to intensify further into a Deep Depression during the next 24 hours.

“It is likely to move north-westwards along and off east coast of Sri Lanka towards north Tamil Nadu Coast during next 48 hours,” said IMD.

Rainfall forecast & Warnings:

- Light to moderate rainfall/thundershower at a few places likely over coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal on March 3

- Light to moderate rainfall/thundershower at many places with isolated heavy rainfall likely over coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal; light to moderate rainfall/thunder shower at a few places likely over south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema on March 4

- Heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over north coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal; light to moderate rainfall/thunder shower at many places with isolated heavy falls very likely over south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema on March 5 and 6.

-Light to moderate rainfall/thundershower at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal and isolated heavy falls very likely over south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema on March 7.

Wind warning:

- Squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph are very likely to prevail over Southwest & adjoining West-central Bay of Bengal, Gulf of Mannar and along and off Tamil Nadu, Puducherry coasts.

- Squally winds speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph are very likely over Equatorial Indian Ocean on March 3.

-Squally winds speed would gradually increase becoming 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over Southwest & adjoining Westcentral Bay of Bengal, Gulf of Mannar and along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and South Andhra Pradesh coasts on March 4 and 5

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