Cyclone Gaja to make landfall on Tamil Nadu coast today


3.30pm: Tamil Nadu Electricity Department (TANGEDCO) will be cutting power supply to eight districts of Cuddalore, Vizhuppuram, Nagapattinam, Pudukkottai, Tiruvarur, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, and Kanniyakumari, expected to receive heavy rainfall, a routine precautionary measure.


2.15pm: TN government appeals to private companies in coastal districts of Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram to permit their employees to leave early so they can reach home safe by 4 pm.

12.30pm: Here is the list of relief centres in Cuddalore block, verified by TheNewsMinute:

The following trains have been cancelled:

Karaikal – Chennai Egmore Express (16176), Velankanni – Chennai Egmore Link Express (16186), Mannargudi – Chennai Egmore Mannai Express (16180), Thanjavur – Chennai Egmore Uzhavan Express (16866), Tiruchchirappalli – Thanjavur Special Fare Special (06866), Velankanni– Karaikal Passenger (76818), Karaikal – Thanjavur  Passenger (76815), Villupuram – Mayiladuthurai – Villupuram  Passenger (56877 / 56878), Villupuram – Mayiladuthurai – Villupuram  Passenger (56873 / 56874) [Source: The Hindu]


11.30am: Cuddalore collector Thiru V. Anbuselvan and Disaster Management in-charge Gagandeep Singh Bedi to hold a review meeting to assess the situation. Cyclone Gaja to make landfall in the afternoon.

10.20am: Cyclone Gaja is currently 370 km south east of Chennai, moving south west towards the Tamil Nadu coast. It will hit the coast with a wind speed of 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph.

It is likely to make landfall between Pondycherry-Cuddalore to Nagapattinam. Chennai was the first to get rains and as day goes on and as the cyclone moves closer towards the coast. The interiors like Madurai, Trichy, Dindigul, Pudukottai, Sivaganga, Theni, Virudhunagar will all see rains only from Tomorrow morning after cyclone crosses the coast around Nagai-Vedaranyam belt around mid-night.

Various districts in Kerala have been put on Yellow and Orange alert in anticipation of any overlapping effects as the cyclone moves inwards.

Here is a quick ex plainer of the situation so far: