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    Tropical Cyclone Nilam Aims for Southeast India

    October 30, 2012, 6:37:24 AM EDT

    Tropical Cyclone Nilam (02B) is on track to bring flooding rain and strong winds to southeastern india.

    The storm has already unleashed torrential rain in parts of Sri Lanka and the India state of Tamil Nadu.

    Nilam, which looped lazily over the southern Bay of Bengal east of Sri Lanka Monday and Tuesday, was forecast to track northwest to the India coast near Chennai on Wednesday.


    Tropical Cyclone Nilam spreads clouds westward over Sri Lanka and southern India as of 1200 UTC Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. (Navy Research Lab - NRLMRY)

    The cyclone center was about 225 miles east of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, or 330 miles southeast of Chennai, India, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) said. Top sustained winds were estimated to be about 45 mph.

    The greatest threat to life and property, due to Nilam, will be that of flooding rainfall to at least 8 to 12 inches, especially in the state of Tamil Nadu and in northern and western Sri Lanka, by Thursday. Local excessive rainfall may reach the southern India states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

    Winds will be locally damaging along and near the path of Nilam. For boats, the cyclone will make for dangerous wind and water at sea.

    As of Tuesday, rainfall was already 11.5 inches within two days at Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. In Tamil Nadu, a rainfall of 9.2 inches was registered at Karaikal.

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