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Cyclone warning in Tamil Nadu, state braces for heavy rains again


Tamil Nadu, which suffered from Cyclone Nivar last week, is bracing for heavy rains once again after the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued another cyclone watch for the state and Kerala.

A deep depression in the southwest and southeast adjacent to the Bay of Bengal centered Tuesday and is very likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm over the next 24 hours, the IMD said. Most likely moving west-northwest and crossing the coast of Sri Lanka near Trincomalee between the afternoon and evening of December 2, emerging into the Gulf of Mannar and the contiguous area of ​​Comorin on the morning of December 3 and move west towards the southern coast of Tamil Nadu. The system was about 900 km southeast of Kanniyakumari at 12 noon on Tuesday. The maximum wind speed during the storm will be 70 to 80 km / h with gusts of 90 km / h.

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami chaired a high-level interdepartmental meeting on Tuesday and appealed to people to stay indoors unless necessary until December 4. “We are monitoring the trajectory of the cyclone and all the precautionary measures have been taken,” said the minister. for disaster and income management RB Udayakumar. Relief camps are being prepared and first responders are being deployed to the affected districts, he added.

Heavy to very heavy rains have been forecast for December 2-3 in Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Tenkasi, Ramanathapuram and Sivagangai districts. The total suspension of fishing operations has been announced between Tuesday and December 4.

Hindustan Times