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Chennai weather: ‘Severe’ cyclone Thane to cross Tamil Nadu coast Friday morning

[TOI, Thursday, 29 December 2011 11:34 No Comment]

A "very severe" cyclonic storm lay centered about 250 km of Chennai, with the weather office forecasting winds touching up to 135 kph and advising fishermen against venturing into sea for the next two days.

"The very severe cyclonic storm ‘Thane’ over southwest Bay of Bengal moved west-southwestward and lay centered about 250 km east-southeast of Chennai, 270 km of Puduchery and 420 km north-northeast of Trincomalee ( Sri Lanka).

"The system is likely to move westwards and cross north Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and Chennai, close to Puducherry around early morning of December 30th," the regional Meteorological department said.

It forecast rainfall at most places with isolated heavy rainfall over north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south coastal Andhra Pradesh, saying the intensity of the rainfall would increase from heavy to very heavy, with the likelihood of even recording 25 cm or more over North Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during the next 48 hours.

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