CHENNAI: If you don’t have any pressing engagement
for the day, you’d best stay at home. For, the weatherman has predicted that
severe cyclonic storm Thane is heading right at us. Thane is likely to bring
with it strong winds, very heavy rainfall and a high surge of waves.
A Met bulletin said cyclone Thane, situated about 450 km east-south-east of
Chennai, is likely to intensify further in the next 12 hours and move in a
westerly direction. It is likely to cross the northern Tamil Nadu coast between
Nagapattinam and Chennai near Puducherry Friday morning.
While heavy rains are expected at many places along coastal Tamil Nadu and a
few interior parts, the intensity would increase with heavy to very heavy
precipitation from Thursday evening.
Squally winds reaching up to 50 to 60 kmph are likely to commence along the
coastal districts from Thursday. Gale force wind with a speed of 100 to 110
kmph, gusting to even 125 kmph speed at times, would prevail along northern
Tamil Nadu and Puducherry at the time of landfall.
Tidal waves with heights of 1.1 metres would inundate low lying areas of
Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Cuddalore, Villupuram and Nagapattinam
districts and Puducherry at the time the storm crosses the coast.
As a precursor, swell waves were reported in many places along the Chennai coastline.
Ingress of water was noticed in the Pattinapakkam area where, local fishermen
said, huge waves almost reached the service road. The water receded but it left
behind a pool. Reports of a likely landfall has made fishermen living along the
Post a Comment