New Delhi: A depression over the southwest Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm and cross the north Tamil Nadu coast early on December 2, bringing heavy rainfall in its wake, the Met department said on Wednesday. The cyclonic storm has been has been named “Nada” by Oman as per the cyclone naming convention followed by the South Asian countries.
Chennai is expected to receive moderate rain from tonight and heavy rainfall has been forecast for north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry from tomorrow.
Nada is currently about 770 km south east of Chennai and is gaining strength as it moves west-northwestwards and intensify further into a cyclonic storm (Nada) during next 12 hours. In its warning, the weather office forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on December 1 and 2.
The cyclone is likely to cross the Tamil Nadu coast by December 2 morning. Chennai and coastal districts of Tamil Nadu will receive rain from Thursday morning said Chennai IMD area cyclone warning director S Balachandran.
It has advised to the fishermen not to venture into the sea along and off the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts from Wednesday evening onwards. Those at sea have been advised to return to the coast immediately.
The toll free helpline in Chennai is 1070, while people all across the state can call 1077 to
Notably, in December 2015, four districts in Tamil Nadu – Chennai, Cuddalore, Tiruvallore and Kancheepuram were flooded after heavy rainfall. At least 450 people died in the rain floods.