Cyclone 'Laila' all set to hit TN, AP coasts

Strong winds and heavy rains began from Monday night itself in some parts of TN, killing two women, injuring two others and uprooting several trees.

The cyclone, the intensification of a deep depression, lay centered over southwest Bay of Bengal, about 400 km east of Chennai at 2:30 pm Tuesday afternoon, the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) said in a special bulletin.

It is likely to move in a west-northwesterly direction and cross Andhra coast between Ongole and Visakahapatnam in the wee hours of Thursday.

TN coast, including Chennai city, might get scattered heavy to very heavy rains accompanied by strong winds with speeds of 65-75 km per hour from Tuesday night. Fishermen should therefore not venture into the sea, the bulletin said.
As strong winds are likely along TN and Puducherry coasts and the sea waves are estimated to be “rough to very rough”, the Meteorological centre has urged for the hoisting of storm warning signals at Chennai, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Puducherry and Ennore ports. ‘Distant Warning Signal Number-II’ should be hoisted at Pamban (near Rameshwaram) and Tuticorin ports, it added.

Several parts of TN like Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Pudukottai and Karur districts experienced rains and strong winds since Monday night itself.
In Namakkal district, heavy winds devastated a few hatcheries killing hundreds of birds, besides uprooting trees.

Two women were killed in Karur district, one, when a tree came down on her and the other, struck by lightning. Two others suffered serious injuries in Tiruchirappalli district as winds uprooted heavy trees in the area, police said.
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