"We expect damage to
thatched hutments, trees, and crops, and power and telephone line disruptions...We're
asking fisherfolk already in the sea to come back and those on land not to sail
into the sea,"
Mrutyunjaya Mahapatra, the
head of the cyclone warning division at the India Meteorological Department
said. The IMD has predicted "very
rough seas" off northern Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and southern Andhra
Pradesh over the next 48 hours.
Scientists from the IMD will meet Chennai airport officials tomorrow morning to
take a decision on whether to shut down the Chennai airport.
"The decision will depend on the tailwinds and crosswinds that we expect
tomorrow evening along the approach path and the runway,"
Ramachandran Suresh, director of aviation
meteorological office in Chennai toldthe media. Commercial aircraft, Suresh
said, have limits on the speeds of tailwinds and crosswinds in which they can
Scientists say Nilam is a dwarf in relation to Sandy, the severe north Atlantic
cyclone that made landfall near Atlantic city, New Jersey, at about 530 AM IST
today with hurricane wind speeds extending up to 250-km from the centre of the
The most severe winds from Nilam are expected to stretch only about 120-km to
130-km from the eye of the storm, a senior IMD scientist said.
"Many factors contribute to the size of a cyclone, one of them is the
water basin and cyclones in the Atlantic and Pacific are typically bigger than
those in the Bay of Bengal or the Arabian Sea," the scientist said.
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