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Cyclone Mandous alert in these 4 states; Schools, colleges remain closed in 8 districts of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry

The Meteorological Department has issued the Cyclone Mandous alert in these 4 states; Schools, colleges remain closed in 8 districts of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry. Due to the cyclonic storm in the states of South India, there is no respite from the rains. Heavy to very heavy rain is expected in isolated parts of Coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal today and tomorrow.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Indian Metrological Department on Friday (December 9) warned the state of Tamil Nadu of heavy rainfall as cyclonic storm ‘Mandous’ over the Bay of Bengal is expected to cross the coast between Puducherry and Sriharikota in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh on the midnight of December 9, 2022. All the schools and colleges will be closed on Friday in Puducherry and Karaikal in view of cyclone Mandous, said Education Minister A Namassivayam.

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India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday morning predicted that the severe cyclonic storm Mandous will move west-northwest and cross north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coast between Puducherry and Sriharikota with a windspeed of 65-75 kmph around midnight of December 9.

As yellow alert issued IMD predicted that Cyclone Mandous will move west-northwestwards and intensify further gradually into a Cyclonic Storm and cross north Tamilnadu, Puducherry, and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coast between Puducherry and Sriharikota around 10th December.

As per the latest update Cyclone, Mandous is over the Southwest Bay of Bengal and it is expected to cross north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and the adjoining south AP coast by Puducherry and Sriharikota with a wind speed of 70 kmph around midnight of December 9, 2022.

Due to snowfall in the higher reaches of the hilly states and union territories of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh, the temperature of the plains is also declining. The Meteorological Department has expressed the possibility of change in the weather of North India due to the effect of Western Disturbance.

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According to IMD, due to Western Disturbance, there is a possibility of rain and snowfall in the above states and union territories on 9 and 10 December. Because of this, cold waves can also be seen in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh.

At the same time, due to the cyclonic storm in the states of South India, there is no relief from rain. According to the Meteorological Department, the mercury will further drop in North India. In many areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit, Baltistan and Muzaffarabad, the minimum temperature in different parts of Himachal Pradesh and East Rajasthan is -3.0 degree Celsius below normal.

Some parts of Bihar and isolated parts of Ganga in West Bengal also recorded minimum temperature below 0 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature was minus 3.0 degrees Celsius below normal in many parts of Madhya Pradesh, Coastal Karnataka, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The maximum temperature was minus 3.0 degrees Celsius below normal in isolated parts of north Indian states of Haryana, Chandigarh and parts of Delhi, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha, Kerala and Mahe. Heavy to very heavy rain is expected in isolated parts of Coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal today and tomorrow. At the same time, clouds will rain heavily in different areas of South Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema.

Fishermen warned to stay away from sea
Gale wind speed reaching 40 to 50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is very likely along the coasts of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, South Andhra Pradesh. In these areas, IMD has said that winds will blow at a speed of 70 km per hour in the evening.

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Winds speeding up to 40 to 50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph are likely over the Gulf of Mannar. In view of this seasonal activity, the Meteorological Department has issued a warning to fishermen not to venture into the sea in these areas.

According to the Meteorological Department, there is a possibility of light to moderate fog in different parts of Assam and Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura during the next two to three days. No major change in minimum temperature is likely over east and central India during next 2 days and will increase by 2 to 3 degree Celsius during subsequent 3 days.

In the plains of the country, Churu (West Rajasthan) recorded a minimum temperature of 3.5 degree Celsius yesterday. Meanwhile, the maximum temperature of 34.5 degree Celsius was recorded in Ratnagiri (Konkan and Goa) across the country.

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