Mangalore, Oct 27, 2014: According to met reports, deep depression in the Arabian Sea, which turned into a severe cyclone, named Nilofar, is expected to bring heavy rain over southern Indian peninsula, Kerala, Karnataka, coastal areas during the next 2 or 3 days. While Karnataka was unaffected by Cyclone Hudhud earlier this month, it may not be entirely spared by the latest cyclone, Nilofar, brewing in the Arabian Sea.
Weather officials here said that Nilofar under the influence of North-East Monsoon would intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm, the same kind as Hudhud, which devastated Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh recently. The met official said that under the influence of this system, heavy rainfall would occur at various places in Karnataka too.
Coastal and south interior Karnataka will be most affected, with thundershowers expected in several districts here in the next two or three days, according to the Met bulletin. The cyclone along with the north-east monsoon, which became active in the State last week, will contribute to the rainfall, an official at the centre said. South interior Karnataka, in particular, has received copious rain during the southwest monsoon season (June to September)
The monsoon season also sees occurrence of cyclonic storms over Bay of Bengal, some of which are of very high intensity and have caused extensive destruction over coastal and inland regions. In 2013, four powerful cyclones Phailin, Helen, Lehar and Madi devastated Odhisa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
Meanwhile, though there was some respite in the State capital, rain continue to pound entire southern Tamil Nadu, under the influence of NorthEast monsoon, which is active over the region during the last one week.
Authorities state that heavy rainfall would occur for 2 or 3 days. As the sea conditions are still rough, fishermen from Karnataka and Kerala were advised not to venture into the sea.