Flooding downpours threaten Sri Lanka, southern India as first widespread rain of season soaks region

AccuWeather reports:

The first depression of the season in the Bay of Bengal will track near the east coast of India this week, leading to additional flooding and widespread travel delays.

The depression, named BOB 01, currently has sustained winds of 32-48 km/h (20-30 mph). Gradual strengthening is expected over the next 24 hours.

As the depression spins near the coast of India, heavy rain will fall in northeastern Tamil Nadu and eastern Andhra Pradesh through at least Thursday.

Through Thursday, widespread rainfall of 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) of rain is expected across the region. The heaviest rain will fall from Chennai to Machilipatnam. These areas could see locally 300 mm (12 inches) of rain. Chennai will receive the most rainfall on Wednesday. Residents should be prepared for slight flooding though not as severe as December 2015.


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