It’s not long after cyclone Nivar hit Tamil Nadu and caused critical damages, now another cyclone Burevi is about to hit the southernmost Tamil Nadu and will be passing over through different regions in Kerala as well. Kerala is expected to face very heavy rainfall by December 4. It’s predicted that the deep depression over the Bay of Bengal is most likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by early Wednesday and may cross the Sr-Lankan coast close to Trincomalee with a wind speed of 75-84 km/hr roaring to 95 km/hr by evening or night.1
According to the cyclone warning division of the India Meteorological Department, the cyclone is very likely to move near western regions and emerge into the Gulf of Mannar and the adjoining Comorin area on Thursday morning. It’s then likely to move westwards again towards the south Tamil Nadu coast between Kanyakumari and Pamban, around early Friday morning, causing very heavy rainfall in the entire region and in the south Kerala region by December 4th.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued a cyclone alert for the South Kerala coast from Wednesday. A red alert for 11-20 cm has been announced for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, and Idukki districts on Wednesday while an orange alert was announced for Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, and Palakkad will get isolated heavy rains of 7-11 cm. Anyway, the whole of Kerala will be experiencing rains altogether. Rains will include thunderstorms accompanied by lightning from December 2-5.
The predictions include high waves in the range of 2.0 to 3.5 metres along the coast of Kerala from Vizhinjam to Kasargod. Sea conditions are expected to be very rough in south Tamil Nadu and Kerala coasts during these days. Skymet Weather said cyclone Burevi is the 5th such this year to have formed in the Indian seas and 3rd in the bay of Bengal. Cyclone Burevi could be followed by another threatening cyclone in Tamil Nadu again on December 7th or later.
Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam Alappuzha, Punalur, Kochi, Thrissur, Munnar and Alappuzha are likely to become the targets to face the storm rage on December 4th as per the IMD. The communication and connectivity are likely to be disrupted along with flooding and overflow. People residing in the landslide-prone areas will be shifted to safer places and relief camps will be arranged following Covid protocols.
Tamil Nadu chief minister EK Palaniswami urged the people in the southern districts to stay indoors. Nine teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), are set up in Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Madurai districts. Though fishermen are warned not to venture into the sea and those who had already set out for deep-sea fishing are advised to return to the shore immediately, the neighbouring states had been requested to permit TN fishermen berth at their shore.