Cyclone Mandous Hits Tamil Nadu Tonight: How Its Name Was Chosen

Mandous has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and is expected to cross near Mamallapuram this midnight. The wind speed could touch 85 kmph.

Cyclone Mandous Hits Tamil Nadu Tonight: How Its Name Was Chosen

A man walks past fishing boats stationed along a beach amidst gusty winds in Chennai. (AFP Photo)

Cyclone Mandous has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and is expected to cross near Mamallapuram this midnight. With the storm intensifying, the wind speed could touch 85 kmph.

Here are five points on Cyclone Mandous:

  1. The approaching storm was named by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). According to a list posted on Twitter by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in 2020, the UAE gave the name being the member of World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

  2. In Arabic, the word means a 'treasure box' and is pronounced as 'Man-Dous'. It is a slow moving cyclone and absorbs a lot of moisture. The cyclone gains strength in the form of wind speeds.

  3. Cyclones across the world are named by the respective specialised regional meteorological centres and tropical cyclone warning centres. There are six regional centres, including the IMD, and five tropical warning centres.

  4. Since Cyclone Mandous is maintaining its intensity, three districts in Tamil Nadu have been put under red alert, news agency PTI reported quoting officials. These are Chengalpattu, Villupuram and Kancheepuram.

  5. A storm warning signal flag Number Five has been hoisted at the Puducherry port and fisherfolk had been asked not to venture into the sea. Schools and colleges have been shut in 12 districts of the state, including Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur.



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