Massive cyclone likely to hit TN, today; high alert sounded
Massive cyclone likely to hit Tamil Nadu, Puducherry today; high alert sounded
Chennai: The Meteorological Department has sounded a high alert as a massive cyclone is likely to hit Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining areas on Monday night triggering heavy rainfall.
Accordingly, the state authorities have ordered the closure of schools and colleges in view of the cyclone warning issued by the Met department.
The Met authorities have predicted heavy rainfall in most parts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai and adjoining districts of Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur. Heavy rain has been forecast in Puducherry, coastal and interior Tamil Nadu due to a depression some 320 kilometres southeast off Chennai.
According to the weather officials, the depression is expected to turn into a cyclonic storm and will make landfall close to Puducherry tonight. The wind speed could touch 55 kilometres per hour.
Under the influence of the cyclonic storm, rainfall is expected in most parts of Tamil Nadu with heavy to very heavy rainfall over north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the next 24-48 hours. Authorities in Puducherry say they've identified many safe shelters.
"We expect the landfall to be between Puducherry and Cuddalore. We've ensured enough stock of food grains and medicine too. Eight task forces are monitoring on the ground," Puducherry Collector D Manikandan said.
Heavy rains pounded several parts of the state yesterday following a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal which intensified on Saturday. "Depression is 300km south-east from Puducherry coast; likely to move north-west," ANI quoted SR Ramanan (Director, Regional Meteorological Centre, Chennai) as saying.
He further said, "Next 12 hours we expect it to become deep depression which may possibly result in a cyclone storm later." Fishermen in Tamil Nadu have been advised not to venture out to sea in the next 24 to 48 hours "as the sea will be rough to very rough," the official said.