Cyclone Mandous Likely to Form by Dec 8

Bhubaneswar: The low pressure over southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining south Andaman sea now lies as a well-marked area over southeast Bay of Bengal, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed on Tuesday.

“It is likely to move west­northwestwards and concentrate into a depression over southeast Bay of Bengal by today evening. Thereafter, it is likely to continue to move west­northwestwards, intensify further gradually into a cyclonic storm and reach southwest Bay of Bengal near north Tamil Nadu­-Puducherry & adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts by December 8 morning.,” it added. 

“We haven’t given a forecast for landfall yet,” said RK Jenamani, senior scientist at the weather office. Some projections suggest that this system will decline into a ‘depression’ again before making a landfall around Puducherry on Friday afternoon (December 9). If the system completely evolves into a tropical cyclone, it will be the second post-monsoon cyclone after ‘Sitrang’ and will be named ‘Mandous’, as suggested by the United Arab Emirates. In Arabic, Mandous means a treasure box.

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