December 30th, 2011
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Cyclone Thane hits Tamil Nadu coast

thane storm Chennai: Cyclone Thane has made landfall on the South east coast between Cuddalore in Tamil and Puducherry on Friday morning, said Indian Meteorological Department officials. “The cyclone is in the process of crossing between Cuddalore and Puducherry coast. The wind speed is around 140 kmph at Puducherry and Cuddalore. Waves measuring 1.5 metres height are hitting the shoreline,” an IMD official told.

The system is likely to move westwards and cross north Tamil Nadu coast, close to south of Puducherry, within a few hours and weaken gradually. “The storm is more of wind centric and not much of rain. Puducherry recorded 14 cm rain, while Cuddalore 7 cm,” the official said, adding the weather will remain gloomy.

The Tamil Nadu government has set up 20 teams to monitor the water levels in lakes and other water bodies in Chennai, Thiruvallur and other places. Eight teams of the National Disaster Management Force have been sent to the coastal districts. Another 15,000 men of the NDRF are on alert. The railways has announced around two hour delay in the arrival of some trains to Chennai Egmore station.
Fishermen along northern Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts were advised not to venture into the sea till Saturday afternoon. Tamil Nadu ports were in a state of high alert with Chennai and Ennore ports asking the ships to move out to safe distance.

The public works department of the Tamil Nadu government has advised people living in low lying areas close to Red Hills, Chembarambakkam and Poondi reservoirs to move to safer places as surplus water will be released depending on the rain intensity. A weather scientist had earlier said that Cyclone Thane would probably be half in intensity than that of the super-cyclone that struck Orissa in 1999 which packed wind speed of more than 220 km per hour.

Chennai helpline numbers:
Chennai Corporation – 1913, 25619237; Kancheepuram district administration – 1077, Police control room – 9445465536, 27238001; Tiruvallur district administration – 27661200; Police control room – 27661010.

 

 

 



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