New Delhi, Dec 3(Bureau) The India Meteorological Department on Thursday issued a ‘Red alert’ in South Tamil Nadu and South Kerala in view of cyclone Buveri. Cyclonic Storm ‘Burevi’, the IMD said in a statement, over north Sri Lanka moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 11 kmph during past six hours and lay centered at 0830 hrs IST of December over north Sri Lanka and adjoining Gulf of Mannar near Lat. 9.1°N and Long. 80.2°E, about 30 km east-northeast of Mannar, 110 km east-southeast of Pamban (India) and 310 km east-northeast of Kanniyakumari (India).
It is very likely to move west-northwestwards and emerge into Gulf of Mannar during the day, the IMD said. The Cyclonic Storm with wind speed of 70-80 gusting to 90 kmph would be centered very close to Pamban around noon of Thursday and it would then move nearly west-southwestwards across Pamban area by afternoon and cross south Tamilnadu coast between Pamban and Kanniyakumari during December 3night and December 4 early morning as a Cyclonic Storm with wind speed of 70-80 gusting to 90 kmph. Its impact on south Tamil Nadu coastal districts is very likely to commence from December 3 forenoon initially over Ramanathapuram district and gradually towards Kanniyakumari district, the IMD added.