New Delhi, November 30: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Wednesday warned fishermen of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to avoid going into the sea and coastal areas due Cyclone threats. As a cyclone waves have turned from Bay of Bengal towards Westside, a possible cyclone threat roams over the Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry in the next 12 hours.
The authority informed that the cyclone depression over southeast Bay of Bengal moved west-North Westerwards for the past six hours of Wednesday afternoon with a speed about 15 km/h. The system is very likely to continue to move west-northwestward and intensify further into a cyclonic storm ‘Nada’ during next 12 hours.
Due to this, squally winds speed reaching 45-55 km/h gusting to 65 kmph would commence to prevail along Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry coasts from Thursday morning. As a result, the condition would be rough to very rough along and off Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts from 1st Dec onward.
The cyclonic depression is likely to cross north TamilNadu coast between Vedaranniyam and Chennai, close to Cuddalore by early hours of 2nd Dec. Heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places over coastal TamilNadu, Puducherry & interior Tamil Nadu on Thursday and Friday. Authority also informed that light to moderate rainfall at many places with isolated heavy falls is very likely over Kerala on Friday and Saturday.
Fishermen have been asked not to venture out into the sea. On December 1, 2015, Chennai received more than 35 cms rainfall. The rains which lashed the city during that period caused one of the worst natural disasters the city has ever seen.