Cyclone to hit TN by Saturday

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has upgraded the outlook for a pre-monsoon depression over the South-West Bay of Bengal to that of a tropical cyclone, which it expects to materialise by Saturday. A preparatory low-pressure area is expected to take shape by Thursday, before undergoing gradual strengthening into a powerful cyclone likely headed for Tamil Nadu.According to the IMD, this could result in ‘very rough’/‘high sea’ conditions over the South Bay and squally/gale force winds with speeds reaching up to 80 km/hr along and off the Tamil Nadu coast and the Comorin area from Sunday to Tuesday.

Isolated rains will also occur in Interior Tamil Nadu and South Interior Karnataka. Weather of rest Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will be dry and hot. Scientist Puviarasan of the Regional Meterological Department said, "There are chances of thunderstroms on April 29 in coastal areas of the state."