Chennai rains to intensify, cyclone inches close to Kanyakumari

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Chennai, November 30: Heavy  rainfall is likely to continue in isolated areas of south Tamil Nadu and southern Kerala in the next 48 hours owing to a depression in the south-west Bay of Bengal off the Sri Lankan coast, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday.

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Pradeep John, an independent weather blogger said on a  Facebook post, “A Cyclone called Ockhi (undeclared – Soon to be declared by IMD) is close to Kanyakumari now. Eye of the Cyclone is seen in Radar. It will not come into land and will only brush the Kanyakumari and Trivandrum Coast.”

Fishermen have been advised not to enter the sea owing to rough conditions with wind speeds reaching 45-55 km/hr. As of 8:30 p.m. last night, Tiruvarur district received the highest rainfall of 7cm, followed by Ramanathapuram with 6cm.

Pradeep added,”The good news is that it is not crossing land unlike Vardah, this will not cause huge wind damage. Still winds of 60-70 Km/hr can be witnessed. So don’t park your vehicle or stand under weak trees.”

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Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Kanyakumari, Thirunelveli, Tuticorin, Ramanathapuram, Sivagangai and Viruthunagar districts of south Tamil Nadu.  Heavy rain also likely to occur at isolated places over  Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Puducottai districts of North Coastal Tamil Nadu and Karaikal.

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By Aparna Ganesan with Agency inputs