Cyclone warning in Tamil Nadu; Authorities on High Alert

SansadTV Bureau
Representative Image of Cyclone.

Representative Image of Cyclone.

Authorities in Tamil Nadu have sounded out a warning over a cyclonic storm which is likely to hit Tamil Nadu coast between Vedaranniyam and Chennai by December 2. The India Meteorological Department, in its forecast, had said that depression over bay of Bengal will intensify bringing heavy rainfall early on December 2.

Heavy rainfall is expected to begin along Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts from December 1 morning. The authorities have asked fishermen not to venture into the sea, besides asking those out in the sea to return immediately.

The cyclonic storm has been named ‘Nada’, S Balachandran, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, told reporters here.

According to the weather office, the depression lay centred about 830 km of southeast Chennai, 780 km east-southeast of Puducherry and 490 km east-southeast of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka.

“The system is very likely to continue to move west-northwestwards and intensify further into a cyclonic storm (Nada) during next 12 hours. It is very likely to cross north Tamil Nadu coast between Vedaranyam and Chennai close to Cuddalore by early hours of December 2,” the authorities said.

In its warning, the weather office forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on December 1 and 2.

By Thursday morning, rains will commence along coastal parts and gradually move to inner districts, Balachandran said. In Chennai, rains are expected to start early tomorrow morning and intensify gradually.

“Squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph would commence to prevail along and off Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts from December 1. Sea condition would be rough to very rough along off Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts from December 1 onward,” the IMD said in its statement.

Last year, more than 500 people were killed and over 12 lakh displaced after heavy rains and flooding lashed Chennai and adjoining areas during the Winter monsoon.