Nada Cyclone: Chennai gears up for heavy rains; holiday for schools

Nada Cyclone: Chennai gears up for heavy rains; holiday for schools

The Tamil Nadu government today declared a holiday for all schools for two days from tomorrow in five coastal districts in view of the cyclonic storm “Nada”.

The cyclone is expected to cross the North Tamil Nadu coast between Vedaranyam and Puducherry near Cuddalore by the early hours of December 2.

Nada is moving at a speed of 25 kmph in northwest direction towards the Tamil Nadu coast.  It is now centered at 8.2°N and 85.3°E, about 730 km east­-southeast of Puducherry and 450 km east-­southeast of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.

The weather office further said the depression over southeast Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards and intensified into a deep depression and lay centred about 830 km of southeast Chennai, 780 km east-southeast of Puducherry and 490 km east-southeast of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka. They have also urged fishermen to avoid the sea and return immediately.

“The system is very likely to continue to move west-northwestwards and intensify further into a cyclonic storm (Nada) during next 12 hours. It is very likely to cross north Tamil Nadu coast between Vedaranyam and Chennai close to Cuddalore by early hours of December 2,” it said.

The entire government machinery is ready. National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) member Lt General N C Marwah reviewed the preparedness of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to withstand the impact of the storm.

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