Cyclone GAJA is likely to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast bringing heavy rainfall this week on November 15, according to an alert issued by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD)
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UPDATED ON NOV 15 : 6.30 p.m
1. Severe Cyclonic storm Gaja is very likely to cross TN coast between Pamban and Cuddalore, around Nagapattinam today late evening as a cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 80-90 KMPH gusting to 100 KMPH.
Source: 5.30 bulletin by TN SDMA
2. There might be Gale winds from around 8 pm tonight along the coast for 6 hours
3. Coast Guard response teams are stationed along the TN /Puducherry coast including Pondicherry
4. The sea condition will be high/very high for the next 18 hours.
5. Helpline numbers to note: 1070, 1077 and 0413-2253407 at the Collectorate.
UPDATE ON NOV 14:
Cyclone Gaja is expected to intensify in the next 12 hours but will likely weaken and cross Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore during 15th November evening as a Cyclonic Storm with a wind speed of 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph.
UPDATE ON NOV 13:
1. The Cyclonic storm ‘GAJA’ is likely to cross Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore as a Cyclonic Storm during 15th November afternoon. Earlier it was forecast to cross the coast between Chennai and Cuddalore.
2. The sea condition is very likely to be rough to very rough from 14th November morning and high on 15th November morning.
UPDATE ON NOVEMBER 12: 6. 15 a.m
The Cyclonic storm ‘GAJA’ over the Bay of Bengal lies centred about 770 km east-northeast of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It is very likely to intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during the next 24 hours and is predicted to move towards North Tamil Nadu coast during the subsequent 48 hours, according to a bulletin issued by the IMD on Monday.
However, it is likely to weaken gradually and cross north Tamil Nadu coast between Nagappattinam and Chennai as a Cyclonic Storm during 15th November forenoon. Heavy rainfall is forecast for November 14 and 15.
Squally wind may commence from 14th November morning and is very likely to increase gradually becoming Gale wind speed 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph along and off north Tamil Nadu & Puducherry – south Andhra Pradesh coasts from 14th November mid- night onwards. The sea condition is also expected to be very rough on the mentioned days.
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