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Cyclone Gaja HIGHLIGHTS: Storm to make landfall today, heavy rainfall expected in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry

Cyclone Gaja HIGHLIGHTS: The storm is set to make landfall between Cuddalore and Pamban on Thursday evening bringing heavy rainfall to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 15, 2018 11:13:24 am
Cyclone Gaja HIGHLIGHTS: Fishing operations were suspended along the coasts of north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining Andhra Pradesh after a warning was issued to fishermen to not venture into the deep sea. (PTI photo)

According to the India Meteorological Department’s latest release, cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ is set to make landfall between Cuddalore and Pamban on Thursday evening bringing heavy rainfall to Tamil Nadu. ‘Gaja’, named by Sri Lanka, was about 470 km northeast off the coast of Chennai on Wednesday and is likely to cross the coast between Pamban and Cuddalore on Thursday evening or night with a wind speed gusting up to 100 kmph, the Met department said.

Fishing operations were suspended along the coasts of north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining Andhra Pradesh after a warning was issued to fishermen to not venture into the deep sea.

Meanwhile, all schools remained closed in Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Pudukottai, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore and Ramanathapuram districts in Tamil Nadu Thursday as a precautionary measure. Puducherry has declared a holiday for educational institutes as well. Two Naval ships, Ranvir and Khanjar, with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats, integral helicopters and relief material on board are on standby for rescue and relief operations, reported PTI.

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07:25 (IST)15 Nov 2018
Cyclone Gaja: Do's and Don'ts
07:16 (IST)15 Nov 2018
Cyclone Gaja | Naval ships 'Ranvir' and 'Khanjar' on standby

"Two Indian Naval ships -- Ranvir and Khanjar -- are standing by to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake humanitarian aid and distress relief," a Navy official was quoted saying by PTI. Helicopters, Dornier aircraft and one P8I aircraft are on standby to undertake reconnaissance, rescue and casualty evacuation, the official added.

07:09 (IST)15 Nov 2018
Indian Navy on high alert

The Indian Navy was Wednesday put on high alert in view of cyclone Gaja approaching the coast of south Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, Officials were quoted as saying by PTI.

Navy officials said the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) has assumed a high degree of readiness to render necessary humanitarian assistance as the cyclone is poised to cross the coast of the two states on Thursday evening.

07:07 (IST)15 Nov 2018
Cyclone Gaja to make landfall today

The cyclonic storm 'Gaja' is set to make landfall between Cuddalore and Pamban on Thursday evening bringing heavy rainfall to Tamil Nadu, news agency PTI reported.

19:56 (IST)14 Nov 2018
Cyclone Gaja to intensify into severe cyclonic storm: IMD

The weather department has recommended complete suspension of fishing operations along the coasts of north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining Andhra Pradesh for November 14 and 15. A warning has been issued for the fishermen to not venture into the deep sea. Read here

19:35 (IST)14 Nov 2018
Cyclone 'Gaja' likely to intensify into severe cyclonic storm

Cyclonic storm 'Gaja' is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in it's latest release. The depression which lay over west-central, east-central and south Bay of Bengal is projected to be moving west-southwards about 520 km east of Chennai. The weather department has suggested a total suspension of fishing operations along the coasts of north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining Andhra Pradesh for November 14 and 15. A warning has been issued for the fishermen to not venture into deep sea.

14:11 (IST)14 Nov 2018
Pondy CM holds review meeting in Karaikal

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy Wednesday held a review meeting with officials of various departments at Thirunallar in Karaikal district and
took stock of the preparedness as cyclone Gaja is likely to hit the coastal district tomorrow. Twenty two cyclone shelters have been kept in readiness
to accommodate people, he said adding that a24 hour control room was functioning at the Collectorate. Schools and colleges have been declared holiday in the district on Thursday.

13:55 (IST)14 Nov 2018
All private and govt schools to remain shut in Cuddalore tomorrow

All private and government schools in Cuddalore will remain closed on November 15 as  cyclonic storm 'Gaja' is likely to get 'severe', District Collector, Cuddalore told ANI. 

13:33 (IST)14 Nov 2018
Relief camps set up in Tamil Nadu, state gears up for landfall

Authorities have stepped up relief operations in Tamil Nadu as Cyclone 'Gaja' is expected to make a landfall between Paamban and Cuddalore on November 14.  20,000 families residing in the 'danger zone' near the coastline will be shifted to the relief camps, reported ANI

10:29 (IST)14 Nov 2018
Cyclone 'Gaja' likely to make landfall on November 15

Cyclonic storm 'Gaja' is likely to make landfall tomorrow afternoon. We have formed 19 inter-departmental zonal teams and made arrangements to evacuate people living in the coastal areas to relief centres, Collector and District Magistrate of Cuddalore District Tamil Nadu has said.

08:50 (IST)14 Nov 2018
'Severe' cyclonic storm likely today

The IMD, in its latest bulletin, has said a severe cyclonic storm is likely on November 14 in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.  Heavy rainfalls are also likely to commence over north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry from November 14 evening. 

Cyclone Gaja

21:54 (IST)13 Nov 2018
ISRO set to launch GSAT-29, Cyclone still holds key

The 27-hour countdown began Tuesday for the launch of India's latest communication satellite GSAT-29 onboard the second developmental flight GSLV-MkII D2 from the spaceport of Sriharikota Wednesday evening, subject to weather conditions, the ISRO said. Though cyclone "Gaja", earlier forecast to cross the coast between Chennai and Sriharikota, has changed course, the Indian Space Research Organisation said the launch slated for 5.08 pm was subject to the weather and it may go for a postponement in case of non-conducive conditions.

21:53 (IST)13 Nov 2018
Two NDRF teams on standby in Puducherry

Chief Minister V Narayanasamy chaired a review meeting with officials of various departments to ascertain the preparedness. He said two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have arrived here and they would be positioned here and Karaikal near Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu. Narayanasamy said he had directed all the departments to deploy manpower adequately and also keep ready equipment needed to pump out water from low lying areas as rainfall was expected to be intense in Puducherry and Karaikal under the impact of the cyclone. (PTI)

21:52 (IST)13 Nov 2018
Puducherry govt puts assets on alert

Puducherry government Tuesday put its machinery on full alert to meet the impact of cyclone 'Gaja' which is expected to cross the neighbouring Tamil Nadu coast between Cuddalore and Pamban. 

21:23 (IST)13 Nov 2018
ISRO satellite launch subject to weather conditions tomorrow

Meanwhile, countdown has begun for the launch of India's latest communication satellite, GSAT-29. Though cyclone "Gaja", earlier forecast to cross the coast between Chennai and Sriharikota, has changed course, the Indian Space Research Organisation said the launch slated for 5.08 pm was subject to the weather and it may postpone it in case of non-conducive conditions.

20:06 (IST)13 Nov 2018
Kerala is the only state in south peninsula which has received normal rains with 11% deficiency

On and off rains will continue till November 18 and thereafter rains will become very less, and only isolated rains may continue. At present Kerala is the only state in south peninsula which has received normal rains with 11% deficiency. However, by the end of this week, there are expectations for Kerala’s rain deficiency to come to some extent.

17:09 (IST)13 Nov 2018
Intensity of rain to increase in Kerala from November 16

According to Skymet, off light to moderate rains to continue over southern parts of Kerala till November 15. The intensity of rains will increase over the state from November 16 and many parts of Kerala will receive light to moderate rains, but the intensity will be more over Thiruvananthapuram district. Few southern parts of Kerala recorded rainfall activity. In the last 24 hours from 08:30 am on Monday, Punalur recorded 29.4 mm of rain followed by Alappuzha 11.1 mm, Kayamkulam 6.6 mm, Vaikom 6.0 mm, Nedumangad 5.6 mm and Aryankavu 3.0 mm.

16:42 (IST)13 Nov 2018
Tamil Nadu government puts first responders on alert

The Tamil Nadu government has put its machinery on alert and kept around 31,000 rescue personnel on stand-by. Neighbouring Puducherry was also alerted and precautionary steps were being taken to meet the situation. The National and State Disaster Response Force personnel have been deployed while vigil has been proposed in coastal districts. In Pamban, Ramanathapuram district authorities are on an alert and the Collector advised people living in low-lying areas to move to safer places. Fishermen in Pamban were asked to shift their boats to the 'Chinna Palam' area.

16:28 (IST)13 Nov 2018
Waves likely to rise to about one metre and inundate low-lying areas

The gale would gradually sweep at 90-100 kmph and then reach 110 kmph over southwest and adjoining west-central and the southeast Bay of Bengal from November 14, it said. Sea was expected to be rough to very rough along the coast of Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry from the morning of November 14, the bulletin said. The waves were likely to rise to about one metre and inundate low-lying areas of Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Karaikal at the time of landfall.

16:01 (IST)13 Nov 2018
Heavy rainfall may occur in north coastal Tamil Nadu and adjoining regions

Heavy rainfall may occur in north coastal Tamil Nadu and adjoining districts of south coastal Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh from the evening of November 14, it said. Winds may reach a speed of 70-80 kmph and touch 90 kmph over west-central and adjoining east-central and the south Bay of Bengal, the bulletin said. The gale would gradually sweep at 90-100 kmph and then reach 110 kmph over southwest and adjoining west-central and the southeast Bay of Bengal from November 14, the bulletin said.

On Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in its latest press release said that cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours. The cyclone is expected to make landfall at Cuddalore or Pamban on Thursday evening.

According to PTI, Navy officials said the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) has assumed a high degree of readiness to render necessary humanitarian assistance as the cyclone is poised to cross the coast of the two states on Thursday evening. Dams, lakes and river channels across Tamil Nadu are being monitored continuously, as advised by Central Water Commission.

Read | Cyclone ‘Gaja’ to make landfall in Tamil Nadu today; state on high alert, schools shut

(Source: IMD)

Tamil Nadu Revenue Minister R B Udayakumar had earlier said mobile operators have assured to move 'Cell on Wheels,' mobile platforms to provide uninterrupted mobile connectivity to Nagapattinam and Cuddalore districts which are likely to witness the cyclone impact during landfall, PTI reported. Oil marketing companies have also been advised to maintain sufficient fuel stock.

Read | Cyclone Gaja: Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy holds review meeting in Karaikal

The Met office had warned storm surge of about 1.0 metres likely to inundate low-lying areas of Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Karaikal district of Puducherry at the time of landfall. Warning of high intensity of wind during the storm, the Met department in its press release said, "Gale wind speed reaching 75-85 kmph gusting to 95 kmph prevails over Southwest Bay of Bengal. It is very likely to increase gradually becoming 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph over these areas from early morning of 15th November,"

Gaja will be the second cyclone to hit the coastal area in a month after Cyclone Titli wreaked havoc in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on October 11, killing a total of 70 people. The severe cyclonic storm, with wind speeds of 175 km per hour, uprooted thousands of electricity and telecommunication poles, devastated coconut and cashew orchards, and flattened standing crops.

(Inputs from PTI)

 

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