Pradeep Pattanayak

With the cyclonic storm ‘Mandous’ intensifying into a severe cyclonic storm, weathermen have forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places over north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. 

According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), the system moved nearly west-northwestwards with a speed of 12 kmph during past 06 hours and lay centered at 2330 hours IST of 08th December, 2022 over Southwest Bay of Bengal near latitude 10.6°N and longitude 82.3°E, about 270 km east-southeast of Karaikal and about 350 km south-southeast of Chennai.

“It would continue to move west-northwestwards and cross north Tamilnadu, Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts between Puducherry and Sriharikota around Mahabalipuram as a cyclonic storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph during midnight of today, the 09th December to early hours of 10th December,” read the IMD’s latest bulletin. 

Rainfall Warning

December 9: Heavy to very heavy rain at a few places with extremely heavy falls at one or two places is likely to occur over Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu and Villupuram districts of Tamilnadu and Puducherry.

Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Chennai, Tiruvallur, Ranipet, Vellore, Tirupattur, Tiruvannamalai, Kallakurichi and Cuddalore districts of Tamilnadu.

Heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Dharmapuri, Salem, Namakkal, Karur, Tiruchirappalli, Perambalur, Ariyalur, Mayiladuthurai, Karaikal, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Sivaganga, Madurai and Dindigul districts of Tamilnadu and Karaikal.

December 10: Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Tirupattur, Vellore, Ranipet, Tiruvannamalai, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Chennai and Tiruvallur districts of Tamilnadu.

Heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Nilgiris, Erode, Salem, Kallakurichi and Villupuram districts of Tamilnadu and Puducherry. 

Wind Warning: 

Strong surface wind with speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph is likely to prevail over northern parts of coastal areas of Tamilnadu, Puducherry & Karaikal; wind speed is likely to increase gradually to gale wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph from the evening and continue till 10th morning.
Strong surface wind with speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is likely to prevail over southern parts of coastal Tamilnadu.

Keeping the severity in view, a holiday for schools and colleges has been declared in several districts of Tamil Nadu. Similarly, The Tamil Nadu government has made elaborate arrangements to minimize the damage. As many as 12.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams comprising around 400 personnel have been deployed in 10 districts.

Similarly, the district administrations in to-be-affected districts have issued precautionary messages and are ready with all types of machinery and equipment to launch immediate rescue and road-clearing works. 

Even as Odisha is not coming on the direct path of the cyclone, south Odisha is expected to witness rainfall activities.
 

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