December and Tamil Nadu don't have a good history. There have been a number of ill-fated events that have happened for Tamil Nadu, in December but most of them have been related to cyclonic storms and heavy rains, leading to floods. It has been less than a week since Cyclone Nivar hit Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, leaving the two states water-logged and battered. Some places are yet to even return to normalcy from this. However, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has already issued warnings of heavy rains and cyclonic storms, in the next couple of days! 

The IMD has stated that a well-marked low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal is likely to concentrate and turn into a depression by tonight (Nov 30th). This depression is expected to bring moderate to heavy to even extremely heavy rainfall over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala and coastal regions of Andhra Pradesh, over the next four days! Earlier today, the TN Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said that the Coast Guard has been requested to help in the safe return of over 200 boats from Tamil Nadu, which have gone to sea for deep-sea fishing. The locations of the boats have been provided to the Coast Guard and reports state that among the 218 boats, 8 have already returned safely!

Minister Jayakumar has also stated that the governments of Goa, Kerala, Lakshadweep and Karnataka have been requested to ask their authorities to permit TN boats to seek safety in their harbours and to provide any assistance, if required. More weather reports state that the low-pressure area is expected to intensify in the next 24 hours and move towards South Tamil Nadu, on December 2nd. The Cyclone Warning Divison of the IMD has estimated that the cyclonic storm will cross the Sri Lanka coast around December 2nd evening and move nearly westwards and emerge on to the Comorin area on December 3rd morning! The IMD has issued a Red-colour coded warning for the Southern areas of TN and Kerala. The wind speeds are also expected to be high and fishermen have been warned not to head out into sea and those already headed out are being contacted and asked to return at the earliest. We request all our readers to stay home and stay safe!