By Thursday evening, the cyclone Gaja is likely to cross Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore, around Nagapattinam.
Chennai| Cyclone Gaja is likely to turn into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 6 hours, the latest release of the Indian Meteorological Department said. The latest press release by the IMD says that the cyclone will move west-southwestwards and intensify further in the next few hours.
By Thursday evening, the cyclone Gaja is likely to cross Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore, around Nagapattinam. The cyclonic storm will lead to a wind speed of 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph, predicted IMD.
The IMD has predicted a storm surge of the height of about 1.0 meter above astronomical tide due to cyclone Gaja. The storm surge may inundate low lying areas of Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram districts of Tamil Nadu.
The weather experts have also warned of a landfall between Cuddalore and Pamban on Thursday evening as the Cyclone Gaja is expected to cause heavy rainfall along the coastal region of Tamil Nadu. In light of the cyclone warning, all educational institutions in Puducherry and Karaikal will remain shut today.
As a precautionary measure, over 30,000 rescue personnel are kept on standby by the state government. The Indian Navy has also arranged two naval ships Ranvir and Khanjar around the coast to undertake humanitarian aid and distress relief in the most affected areas.
#CycloneGaja: While moving westsouthwestwards thereafter, it is likely to cross #Tamilnadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore , around Nagapattinam during 15th November evening/night as a Cyclonic Storm with a wind speed of 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph.
— NDMA India (@ndmaindia) November 15, 2018
On the other hand, the National Disaster Management Authority has issued an advisory of Do’s and Don’ts before, during and after the cyclone.
Cyclone Gaja is the second cyclone after Cyclone Titli to hit the eastern coastal areas. Cyclone Titli had killed a total of 70 people.
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