Cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by Wednesday evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in it’s latest press release. The cyclone is expected to make landfall at Cuddalore or Pamban on Thursday evening. The depression is currently over west-central, east-central and south Bay of Bengal and is projected to be moving west-southwards at about 520 km east of Chennai.
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.
The IMD as also issued a storm surge warning which may see waves rise up to 1.0 meter in height and is most likely to inundate low lying areas of Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram districts of Tamil Nadu. Wind speeds could reach up to 90-100 kmph on Wednesday evening.
Squall like winds reaching up to 45-55 kmph could cause major damage to thatched huts and houses, power and communication lines and could severely damage crops IMD warned.
Meanwhile, all schools in Cuddalore were closed on Thursday as a precursor to the cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ which is likely to strike the coasts of North Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.