Severe cyclonic storm "Thane" today lay centred very close to Puducherry and
was likely to cross Tamil Nadu coast in a few hours and bring in 145 kmph of
"The very severe cyclonic storm
'Thane' over south west Bay of Bengal moved further westward and lay centred
very close to south east of Puducherry. The system is likely to move westwards
and cross north Tamil Nadu coast close to south Puducherry within a few hours
and weaken gradually", the regional weather office said.
The cyclonic storm brought in copious overnight rainfall coupled with squally
winds uprooting trees in some places of Chennai and elsewhere.
Weather officials said heavy rainfall to extremely heavy rainfall ranging up to
25 cms would occur at many places over north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry coastal
Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema.
Gale winds with a maximum speed of 145 kmph was likely in the next few hours
and it would then decrease gradually, it said, adding maximum wind speed of 115
kmph to 125 kmph had ben recorded early this morning.
The sea condition was phenomenal along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and
adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coast, the weather office said and advised
fishermen against venturing into the sea.
Meanwhile, flight services were also disrupted due to the cyclonic storm with
four international services, including those bound for Kuwait and Kuala Lumpur
The state government had declared holiday for educational institutions in coastal
districts, including Chennai, Cuddalore and Tiruvarur today.
The government said it has put in place measures to face the effect of the
storm, with special teams of officials formed to monitor the situation. PWD
Secretary M Saikumar had held a meeting yesterday and discussed steps to be
taken on a 'war footing' to tackle the effects of the storm.
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