AFAP manages the Australian-Pacific Centre for Emergency and Disaster Information (APCEDI) to provide news on natural disaster events in the Asia-Pacific region and to help with rapid disaster response assessment. This was originally a communications network that was activated during a disaster to disseminate information to our Asia-Pacific NGO offices. Now APCEDI has a much wider application across the Asia-Pacific Region.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

APCEDI ALERT Sri Lanka-BOBW, Cyclone Baaz (05B), #10: Cyclone Baaz dissipating off Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh Coast

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) and the Sri Lanka and India Departments of Meteorology are giving their final guidance on the remnants of Cyclone Baaz, which is dissipating off the Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh Coast.

The JTWC has issued its tenth and last Cyclone Warning for this system. Former Cyclone Baaz has dissipated into general low pressure area approximately 200 km east of Chennai, and is basically stationary. Nonetheless, the remnants of Baaz are capable of causing significant rainfall with flooding potential, so authorities and residents should maintain vigilance with this system. Intermittent heavy rains have been falling in the Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh Border Region, but no reports of significant flooding have been reported. Some minor to localised moderate coastal flooding from the rough seas was reported from both states in the last 24 hours particularly around Chennai, but this has been limited to immediate coastal areas. The Government continues to call for all maritime interests in the area to stay in port.

The Sri Lanka Government is continuing its advice for northern off-shore areas, as the seas around the northern part of the island remain very rough. The Government is calling for all maritime interests to remain in port.


020900z position near 12.2n 82.3e.
Tropical cyclone (tc) 05b (baaz), located approximately 110 nm east-southeast of Madras, India, has tracked southwestward at 04 knots over the past 06 hours. Recent multispectral imagery shows the low level circulation center to be further south that indicated in the previous warning. Tc 05b has weakened and the low level circulation center is completely exposed as the system is under increasing southeasterly shear. Convection is displaced as a result of this increasing shear and intensification is not expected. This is the final warning on this system by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (navpacmetoccen). The system will be closely monitored for signs of regeneration. Maximum significant wave height at 020600z is 10 feet.//


01 December 2005
The fishing and naval community is further informed that the Northern deep seas off Jaffna will be very rough windy and showery. Winds will be Northwesterly and the speed will be 20-30 km/h. Winds will be risen up to 50-70 km in the sea areas off the coast extending from Mannar to Trincomalee via Jaffna at times. Seas will be rough in the sea areas off the coast extending from Mannar to Trincomalee via Jaffna at times.


No. BOB/11/2005/34 Dated 02nd December, 2005
Subject: Well marked low pressure area over southwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal.

The depression over southwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal further weakened into a well marked low pressure area over the same place at 1130 hrs IST of 02nd December, 2005. Under its influence fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy falls are likely over extreme north coastal Tamil Nadu and coastal Andhra Pradesh during next 24 hours.
This is the last bulletin for this system.



This will be the last APCEDI report on this system unless there is significant regeneration, or the system produces substantial flooding or other damage,

While APCEDI does not normally monitor cyclones in the Bay of Bengal, given AFAP's tsunami relief effort and that of many agencies in the region, APCEDI will continue to bring reports from this region, as warranted, for the next year or longer if needed.

Kevin Vang
APCEDI Coordinator

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