Bhubaneswar: Cyclone ‘Mandous’ over the Southwest Bay of Bengal is likely to become severe, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said today.
The system is very likely to move west-northwestwards and intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm by evening of today. It will maintain its intensity of severe cyclonic storm till early morning of 9th December and then weaken gradually into a cyclonic storm tomorrow, the IMD forecasted.
It is very likely to cross north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts between Puducherry and Sriharikota, around Mahabalipuram with a maximum sustained wind speed of 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph around midnight of 9th December, the agency predicted.
8th December: Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places very likely over coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry & Karaikal and isolated heavy rainfall over adjoining areas of south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema.
9th December: Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over north coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall likely over adjoining south Coastal Andhra Pradesh and north interior Tamil Nadu and Rayalaseema.
10th December: It is likely to reduce to light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places likely over north Tamil Nadu and Rayalaseema and south Andhra Pradesh.
Squally wind, speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph, likely to commence along & off Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, south Andhra Pradesh and north Sri Lanka coasts from 8th December afternoon, becoming 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph from 9th December morning and 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph from 09th December evening to early hours of 10th December.
It is likely to reduce gradually thereafter becoming 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph by morning of 10th December and then to 30- 40 kmph gusting to 50 kmph by 10th December night.