IMD’s forecast on depression

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India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday that the well defined low pressure region over Southeast Bay of Bengal and the adjacent East Equatorial Indian Ocean has moved west-northwestward and condensed into a depression. The system is expected to travel west-northwestward through the evening of January 31 before making a sharp turn to the south-southwest and crossing the Sri Lankan coast in the morning of February 1, 2023, according to IMD.

Between January 30 and February 1, squally winds with gusts of up to 65 kmph are predicted to blow along and off the coast of Sri Lanka. On February 2, the wind speed will gradually drop to 40–50 kmph, with gusts up to 60 kmph.On February 1 and 2, squally winds will blow over the Gulf of Mannar and Comorin region, along & off south Tamil Nadu & Karaikal beaches, and up to 40–50 kmph with gusts to 60 kmph.

On February 1 and 2, there will be extremely strong winds with gusts up to 50 kmph along and off the coastlines of north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

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