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Depression in Arabian Sea heads to Somalia, rain likely

December 18, 2016 1:01 PM |

Depression in Arabian Sea

Cyclone Vardah had originated in Southwest Bay of Bengal and made landfall over the Indian coast, near Chennai as a severe cyclonic storm. The system has lashed many areas of Tamil Nadu including Chennai, giving heavy to extremely rains with strong gusts.

This system has gradually weakened into a low pressure area and crossed South Peninsula. It has reemerged in Bay of Bengal, where it has regained strength and is presently marked as a depression over southwest Arabian Sea.

Today at 5:30 am, it was centered near latitude 9.5°N and longitude 58°E,  about 1620 km west-southwest of Aminidevi, 560 km southeast of Socotra (Yemen) and 800 km east-southeast of Bereeda (Somalia).The system is expected to further move west-southwestwards towards North Somalia Coast.

The depression has moved far away from the Indian coast. With this, rains have significantly reduced over the Indian region.

However, cities of North Somalia like Bargal, Alula and Bereeda are likely to receive good rains.

Scattered rainfall may also occur over the southern coast of Yemen.

The system is likely to reach Gulf of Aden. By December 19 and 20 several areas are expected to receive moderate to heavy rains.

But, isolated showers cannot be ruled out over Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep Islands.

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