Cyclone 'Thane' to hit TN

Cyclone 'Thane' to hit TN

Cyclone 'Thane' to hit TN

A fisherman watches a high rising wave from Marina beach in Chennai on Thursday. The coastal districts in the state have been put on high alert in view of Cyclone Thane which is currently near the coast of Chennai and is likely to cross the coast on December 30. PTIMore than 100 fishermen were missing as the ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm ‘Thane’ continued to batter the Andhra Pradesh coast and is all set to lash north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry early on Friday morning, bringing copious rainfall in adjoining areas of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in the next 48 hours, Indian Mete­o­rological Department has warned.

Cyclone ‘Thane’ over the Southwest Bay of Bengal has been gathering intensity since December 25 and is set to hit the coast with a windspeed of 100-120 km per hour between 4 and 6 am on Friday, impacti­ng Puducherry and four TN districts – Chennai, Kanchipur­am, Tiruvallur and Villupuram, IMD director-general Ajit Tyagi said in New Delhi.

The Met agency has advised local administrations to evacuate people from low-lying are­as. Standing crops of rice, ma­ize and groundnut may be da­maged. The 20 ships docked at the Chennai port have been ca­utioned to move out and anchor at deep sea. Some 20 crew members of a private ship from Qatar carrying raw materials for a chemical plant near Cuddalore are stranded in mid-sea, unable to enter the minor port there due to the rough sea.  Eff­orts were on to rescue the st­ra­nded people, official sources said.

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