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Tropical Storm Two (02B) Brings Torrential Rains to Sri Lanka

7.2N 82.5E

October 30th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Two (02B) – October 29th, 2012

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Track of Tropical Storm Two (02B) - October 29th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 02B

An area of convection crossed the Isthmus of Kra on 23 October and entered the Bay of Bengal from the Pacific Ocean. It slowly organized and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center issued a TCFA at 0330 UTC on 28 October.

The India Meteorological Department later upgraded the low pressure area to a Depression on the same day, when the storm was located about 550 km (340 mi) east-northeast of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. The storm further intensified into a Deep Depression on 29 October, and JTWC upgraded the system to a Tropical Storm.

As of 1930 IST (0200 UTC), 29 October 2012, Deep Depression BOB 02 was located near latitude 9.0°N and longitude 82.5°E, about 130 km (80 mi) east-northeast of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka and 500 km (310 mi) south-southeast of Chennai, India. The storm is forecast to intensify into a Cyclonic Storm, initially move westwards and then northwestwards, and cross north Tamil Nadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coast between Nagapattinam and Nellore by 1200 UTC of October 31, 2012. Maximum sustained 3-minute wind speeds are estimated at 30 knots (55 km/h). Minimum central pressure is estimated at 1000 hPa (mbar).

The storm brought torrential rains to Sri Lanka. The Puttalam – Mannar road has come under about a meter of water near Eluwankulama due to the overflowing of the Kala Oya river. A 27-year-old woman was killed when a sand rock fell on her house during heavy rains at Habaraduwa in Galle District, according to the police. Rail services were temporarily suspended when electricity lines fell on the railway track.

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