Chennai, Nov 11:
Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has stated in its bulletin that a severe cyclone named Gaja is all set to hit the Tamil Nadu at 110 kilometre speed when it crosses the coast between Karaikal and Cuddalore November 15.Tamil Nadu and adjoining Puducherry have been given a Red alert warning for November 15.
Tamil Nadu is likely to receive heavy rain as cyclone makes a landfall next week. The government of Tamil Nadu is well prepared to combat the cyclone .
While the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) at Chennai has forecast that “northern parts of Tamil Nadu” may experience the cyclone beginning on Wednesday evening,addressing the media at his office on Saturday, N Puviarasan, director of the Agromet Advisory Service Unit at the RMC, said the low pressure area over the Andaman Sea is likely to intensify into a cyclone with wind speed up to 85 km to 110 km per hour.
“The low pressure area over the Andaman Sea has intensified into a depression. It is likely to intensify as a cyclone, move west-north west towards northern Tamil Nadu and southern Andhra Pradesh on November 15,” he said.
He said northern coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and southern coastal Andhra Pradesh will experience moderate rains, with some places experiencing very heavy rains from Wednesday evening.
Fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea in certain areas between November 10 and 13. The Indian Meteorological Department has put out a ‘special weather warning’ to the fishermen listing out the areas to avoid and has also asked the fishermen in deep sea to return to land by Thursday.
Also, some places down south are likely to get low to moderate rainfall on account of the cyclonic circulation over the Comorin area, Sri Lanka and equatorial Indian Ocean losing its intensity and transforming into a low pressure area.
It’s the turn of Sri Lanka to name this cyclone and it gave the name as ‘Gaja’.