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    Madi Weakens as Rain Reaches Southeast India

    By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
    December 13, 2013, 12:08:42 AM EST

    Tropical Cyclone Madi developed over the Bay of Bengal, northeast of Sri Lanka and east of India, last week.

    After producing locally heavy rainfall across Sri Lanka and the southeast coastline of India for several days, the cyclone drifted northward last weekend over the open Bay of Bengal.

    Parts of eastern Sri Lanka received 150-300 mm (6-12 inches) of rainfall last week; however, this round of heavy rainfall will impact southeast India.


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    After being nearly stationary through Tuesday, Madi turned to the southwest and is now approaching the coastline of southeast India, south of Chennai.

    This track will bring some tropical downpours to southeast India from Chennai southward and also across the northern coast of Sri Lanka.

    The positive news is that Madi has weakened and is now only a tropical rainstorm. Damaging winds will occur with this storm and the threat for any widespread flooding is minimal. However, localized amounts in excess of 100 mm (4 inches) will be possible.

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