You must know: What will happen to the Cyclonic storm Mandous after making landfall?

Cyclone Mandous is hours ahead of making its landfall between the south Andhra Pradesh and the north Tamil Nadu. As the cyclonic storm will bring heavy rainfall to various regions of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry, the rescue teams have been deployed at the vulnerable areas to evacuate people. The governments of three states have issued various advisories and warnings to the people as the impact of the cyclone will be seen till Saturday. 

Mandous will be making landfall during the midnight hours of December 9 and it will cross north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts between Puducherry and Sriharikota around Mamallapuram. The maximum speed of wind during landfall is expected to be between 65 to 75 kmph and the speed would increase to 85 kmph during the midnight of December 9 and early hours of December 10.

Several parts of Chennai have witnessed rainfall on Thursday night and during the morning hours of Friday and the people in the city are advised to refrain from travelling and they are asked not to ply adjacent to the coastal stretch. The Tamil Nadu government has already deployed 12 teams from both National and State Disaster Response Force in ten districts. 

Earlier, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued red alert to the districts of Kancheepuram, Cuddalore, and Villupuram districts. While the cyclone has lost its intensity from the severe cyclonic storm to the cyclonic storm, the Regional office of IMD in Chennai has divulged about what will happen to cyclone Mandous after making landfall. 

The officials in the IMD have said that the cyclonic system would continue to travel in the northwest direction and would further get weakened into a deep depression, three hours after the landfall. Deputy Director General of regional office in Chennai, S Balachandran said that after making landfall, the cyclone would continue to travel in the northwest direction towards Tiruvannamalai. 

Balachandran said, "Three hours after landfall, the system will weaken into a deep depression and later into a depression before it emerges over the Arabian Sea. This will take two days. As it travels over the land, it will bring rainfall to interior districts of north Tamil Nadu, parts of Rayalaseema in Andhra Pradesh and south Karnataka till December 10." "There will not be any strong winds along the system's trajectory over the land as it will get weakened", he added. 

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