Cyclonic storm threatens to hit Tamil Nadu coast

Cyclonic storm threatens to hit Tamil Nadu coast

Central station to be shut for 12 hours on Sunday

Heavy rain at many places across coastal Tamil Nadu is  expected from Saturday night with a cyclonic storm named “Ward” laying centred 550 km South-East of Chennai, the Regional Meteorological Centre said here on Saturday.

The system is likely to move in a North-Westerly direction towards the Tamil Nadu coast, it said. However, “satellite derived steering wind” data from the upper troposphere suggest that the cyclonic system could also move away from the coast in a North-Easterly direction, the weathermen said.

The cyclone is likely to cross the east coast near Pamban near Rameshwaram by Sunday night. Meanwhile, the Southern Railway has rescheduled many in-coming and out-going trains from the Central Station as there will be no service for 12 hours on Sunday (Dec 13) with extension of platform and other civil works going on.

For instance, several trains scheduled to reach Chennai Central during that time-window (9 am to 9 pm), including the Hubli-Chennai Express, have been rescheduled to be terminated at preceding far-away suburban stations like Arakkonam, Thiruvallur, Avadi, Gummidipoondi and Perambur.

The Hubli-Chennai Express will be terminated at Thiruvallur at 11 am. Some express trains scheduled to leave Chennai Central will also depart from different stations. Several other trains have been diverted to depart from or arrive at the other railway terminal in the city, namely “Chennai Egmore,” the Southern Railway said in a press release here on Saturday.

For instance, three Express trains from Bangalore in the morning—Bangalore-Chennai Lalbagh Express, Bangalore-Chennai Express and Shatabdi Express—will reach “Chennai Egmore” at the revised timings.