Deep Depression over southwest Bay of Bengal: Cyclone Alert for North Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining South Andhra Pradesh coasts. The deep depression over southwest Bay of Bengal remained practically stationary and lay centred at 0530 hours IST of today, the 30 th October 2012 over southwest Bay of Bengal near latitude 9.00 N and longitude 82.00 E, about 500 km south-southeast of Chennai and 100 km east-northeast of Trincomalee (SriLanka). The system would intensify further into a cyclonic storm and move northwestwards for some more time and then move northwestwards and cross north Tamil Nadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coast between Nagapattinam and Nellore by 31 st October, 2012 afternoon/evening. Under the influence of this system, rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry from tonight onwards. The intensity of rainfall would increase from 30 th October 2012 evening, with scattered heavy to very heavy rainfall and isolated extremely heavy rainfall (25 cm or more). Squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph would prevail along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts during next 12 hours. The wind speed would gradually increase thereafter as the system comes closer to coast. Sea condition will be very rough to high along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts during next 48 hours. Fishermen along north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts are advised not to venture into the sea. The system is under constant surveillance and the concerned state Governments are been alerted. The next bulletin will be issued at 1130 hrs IST of 30 th October, 2012.
Listen in to interviews with Punnuswami (Auroville Electrical Service), Srinivasamurthy (Auroville Foundation) and Daniel (the Working Committee) regarding the Cyclone Alert. After Auroville’s experience with cyclone Thane, less than one year ago, it seems the residents of Auroville are more conscious and prepared for wind and rain disrupting normal life. Here is a link to the website with cyclone updates: http://www.imd.gov.in/section/nhac/dynamic/cwind.pdf