Cyclone Gaja is likely to make landfall at the coastal regions of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday, forecast the India Meteorological Department. The cyclone lay centered around 540 km east of Chennai and 640 km northeast of Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu, at 5.30 AM, today.
The cyclonic storm, which is likely to bring rainfall to Chennai and coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry this evening, is predicted to hit Pambam and Cuddalore on tomorrow afternoon.
Meanwhile, Cuddalore district collector has announced holiday for all private and government schools in the district to owing to the cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’. All schools and colleges in Rameswaram will also remain closed tomorrow.
According to IMD’s latest bulletin, the Cyclonic storm ‘GAJA’ over Southwest and adjoining southeast & west central Bay of Bengal moved west-southwestwards with a speed of 10 kmph during past 06 hours and lay centred at 11.30 AM today, 2018 over Southwest and adjoining southeast & west central Bay of Bengal near latitude 12.8°N and longitude 84.8°E, about 490 km east of Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and 580 km east-northeast of Nagapattinam (Tamil Nadu).
It is very likely to move west-southwestwards and intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hours. While moving west-southwestwards further, it is likely to weaken gradually on 15th November and cross Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore during 15th November evening as a Cyclonic Storm with a wind speed of 80-90 gusting to 100 kmph.