(Hindu Businessline) The deep depression
over southwest Bay of Bengal is biding its time 500 km south-southeast of
Chennai for intensification into a cyclonic storm followed by a landfall.
The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather
Forecasts and the London-based Tropical Storm Risk Group said that the storm
may eye northeast Sri Lanka and adjoining southern Tamil Nadu coast for a
landfall by tomorrow evening.
The European agency goes on to predict that
part of the storm may be propelled to north along the coast to Chennai and
south coastal Andhra Pradesh.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD)
has projected that the cyclone, to be named Nilam when formally declared as
one, to move northwestwards and cross north Tamil Nadu and adjoining south
Andhra Pradesh coast by tomorrow (Wednesday) evening.
Meanwhile, watch of a counterpart storm
breaking out in the southeast Arabian Sea has been maintained.
In fact, the Bay cyclone will have a rub-off
effect on the building storm across the peninsula, as per IMD projections. This
storm may travel all the way north off the west coast to Gujarat for a
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