Cyclone Thane to cross TN coast Friday morning
Chennai: The severe cyclonic storm Thane is expected to cross the north Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and Chennai, close to Puducherry early Friday morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Thursday.
Cyclone Thane over the Bay of Bengal lay centred about 250 km east-southeast of Chennai and 270 km east of Puducherry.
Cyclone Thane to cross TN coast Friday morning. Under the influence of the cyclone, isolated rain is predicted over north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry till Saturday afternoon. Rain is also predicted over south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema.
Squally winds with speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph are likely along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts.
Storm surge of about 1 meter height above the astronomical
Tide would inundate low lying areas of Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Villupuram districts in the state at the time of landfall, the department said. Sea condition was 'very rough' and it would gradually become very high to 'phenomenal' along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts. Fishermen along north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts are advised not to venture into sea during the next 48 hours, it added. "Extensive damage" to thatched roof and huts and minor damage to power and communication lines due to uprooting of large trees and flooding of escape routes were the "expected damage" it said, adding standing crops could also be affected. The weather office suggested total suspension of fishing activities besides asking coastal hutment dwellers to move to safer places.