New Delhi: A well-marked depression over the southwest
It is expected to further intensify into a deep low over the next 24 hours, India’s Meteorological Department said.
The depression is likely to move west-northwest along and off the east coast of Sri Lanka towards the north coast of Tamil Nadu over the next 48 hours, he said.
At 5:30 a.m., the depression was centered over the southwest Bay of Bengal and adjoined the equatorial Indian Ocean about 470 km south-southeast of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, 760 km south-southeast of Nagapattinam (Tamil Nadu) and 870 km south-south-east of Pondicherry (Tamil Nadu) and about 950 km south-south-east of Chennai.
The IMD warned of strong winds (45-55 km/h with near cyclonic gusts of 65 km/h) over the southwest and adjacent central west of the Bay of Bengal and along and to the off southern Tamil Nadu.
Friday and Saturday, squalls (45 to 55 km/h with gusts to 65 km/h) are likely over the central west and the adjacent southwestern bay, as well as off the northern coasts of Tamil Nadu and of Andhra Pradesh.
On Sunday, the wind speed could decrease slightly to 40-50 km/h with gusts to 60 km/h on the northern coasts of Tamil Nadu and southern Andhra Pradesh.
The IMD has asked fishermen not to venture into the southern Bay of Bengal and the adjacent region of the equatorial Indian Ocean, Gulf of Mannar and Comorin until March 5; and the southwest and adjacent areas of the west-central Bay of Bengal and along the coasts of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and southern Andhra Pradesh on March 3-5.
Isolated heavy rains are forecast for the Tamil Nadu coast, Pondicherry and Karaikal on Thursday and Friday. Extremely heavy rain is very likely on Saturday in isolated places in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Karaikal, the Met Department said.
The IMD added that sea conditions which had been rough over the southern Bay of Bengal and the adjacent region of the equatorial Indian Ocean, Gulf of Mannar and Comorin since Wednesday morning are likely to become “very rough ” on the south-west and adjoining the mid-west of the Bay of Bengal. from March 3 to March 5.