Cyclone ‘Gaja’ to intensify further in 24 hours, to hit Tamil Nadu

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Chennai, Nov 11: Cyclonic storm’Gaja’ likely to intensify further into a ‘Severe Cyclonic Storm’ in 24 hours and is all set to hit north Tamil Nadu -South Andhra Pradesh.

” It’s likely to move west-northwestwards during next 36 hours and west-southwestwards towards north TN-south AP during subsequent 48 hrs. Moving west-southwestwards it’s likely to weaken,” Indian Meteorological Department said.

“The deep depression over Southeast and adjoining Central Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 12 kmph during past 6 hours, intensified into a Cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ and lay centred over East-central and adjoining West central and  Southeast Bay of Bengal,” IMD said.

IMD has put out a ‘special weather warning’ to the fishermen listing out the areas to avoid and has also asked the fishermen in the deep sea to return to land by Wednesday.

While the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) at Chennai has forecast that “northern parts of Tamil Nadu” may experience the cyclone beginning Wednesday evening, the UK-based ‘’ has fixed the time of cyclone between the midnight of Wednesday and early next morning in the Karaikal-Cuddalore coast and the US forecaster NOAA says the cyclone would hit the TN coast around the same area early hours of Friday.

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