Tropical Cyclone a Threat to India

December 26, 2011; 10:34 AM ET
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Tropical Cyclone 06B was over the southern Bay of Bengal east of southern India at the time of this satellite shot, taken Dec. 26, 2011. (Image Credit: India Meteorological Department)

Southeastern India may suffer late-week flooding rain and damaging winds whipped up by a tropical cyclone off the Bay of Bengal.

Landfall of the storm will be possible on Friday, even late on Thursday, near Chennai in the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu.

On Monday, the center of Tropical Cyclone 06B (Six) was located in the southern Bay of Bengal about 500 miles east of Chennai, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC).

Tropical Cyclone Six was still a storm of moderate strength at the time, having highest sustained winds pegged by the JTWC at about 45 mph. Storm movement was towards the northwest at 13 mph.

The JTWC forecast is for T.C. Six to intensify to a strong tropical storm by midweek followed by landfall near Chennai on Friday. Once inland, the cyclone would weaken quickly while tracking westward over southern India.

Storms making landfall in this area can cause destructive flooding and significant damage. They also pose a serious danger to small vessels such as fishing boats.

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