Burevi weakens into deep depression, stationary over Gulf of Mannar; Kerala withdraws red alert

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NDRF personnel deployed for the rescue operations ahead of the landfall of Cyclone Burevi in Tuticorin on Thursday. Photo | ANI

Thiruvananthapuram: The India Meteorological Department has informed that Cyclone Burevi which weakened into deep depression over the Gulf of Mannar close to Ramanathapuram district coast in Tamil Nadu has been remaining practically stationary for the past three hours. It lay centered over Gulf of Mannar close to Ramanathapuram District coast as at 2.30 am on Friday.

The associated wind speed is about 55-65 gusting to 75 kmph. The deep depression is likely to move west-southwestwards and cross Ramanathapuram and adjoining Thoothukudi districts during next 6 hours with wind speed of 50-60 gusting to 70 kmph.

It is very likely to weaken further into a depression (wind speed 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph) during next 24 hours, IMD further said.

Meanwhile, Kerala has withdrawn the red alert issued in the southern districts and a yellow alert has been issued in 10 districts - Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Palakkad, Thrissur and Malappuram.

Heavy rains are expected in these districts in coming hours. Squally wind speed reaching 35-45 kmph gusting to 55 kmph likely to prevail along and off south Kerala coast (Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzah districts) during next 24 hours.

Sea condition is expected to be rough to very rough over Gulf of Mannar and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal, along and off south Tamil Nadu, west Sri Lanka coasts during next 12 hours and rough to very rough over Comorin Area, adjoining southeast Arabian Sea and along and off Kerala coast by evening of Friday.

Fishermen are advised not to venture into Gulf of Mannar and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal and along and off south Tamil Nadu coast and north Sri Lanka coasts during next 12 hours and along and off Kerala coast, Lakshadweep-Maldives area and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea during next 24-hours.

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