Burevi weakens into depression; Kerala limps back to normal

Fishermen struggle to bring their boat to the shore due to rough sea, ahead of Cyclone Burevi, at Pozhikkara beach in Thiruvananthapuram | Photo: PTI

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala is slowly getting back to normal as cyclone Burevi weekend into a depression before making an expected landfall in south Tamil Nadu. It was predicted that strong winds resulting from Burevi would cross the state on Friday causing damages. Kerala had made huge preparations in view of the disaster. However, the cyclone still remains over the sea and is yet to make a landfall.

Burevi which first weakened into a deep depression further weakened into a depression over the Gulf of Mannar and is likely to remain practically stationary over the same region and weaken into a well-marked, low-pressure area during the next 12 hours, by Saturday morning, India Meteorological Department (IMD) had said on Friday evening.

Though heavy rains pounded Tamil Nadu, Kerala didn’t experience any rain or wind as forecast except isolated rains in some southern districts on Friday night.

Burevi, from the start, had been confusing even to the weather persons. Only the path from formation to Sri Lankan coast and to Tamil Nadu was figured at first. Later it was predicted, it would cross Kerala. The last prediction was it would pass Kerala as a depression which also didn’t happen.

The cyclone being partially stationary and weakening into a deep depression and a depression over the Gulf of Mannar was unpredicted.

The recent deep depressions and cyclones formed in Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea causing damages to lives and properties led both the state governments of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and the central government to take precautions.

IMD has further forecast isolated heavy rains on Saturday evening in Kerala and Mahe. Winds of speed up to 45kmph can be experienced in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Alappuzha. The ban on fishing still continues.

Orange alert has been issued in Idukki and Malapuram while yellow alert is in place at Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Alappuzha on Saturday.

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