A deep depression in the Bay of Bengal has intensified into a cyclonic storm and is likely to cross the North Tamil Nadu and South Andhra Pradesh coast between Cuddalore and Sriharikota on November 15, regional weather office here said Sunday.
The cyclone, christened 'Gaja', which lay around 820 kms northeast of Chennai is expected to cross between Chennai and Nagapattinam during forenoon on November, Director IMD Chennai told ANI on Monday.
Gales reaching 80-90 kms per hour was likely over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea from November 12 and those already in deep sea have been asked to return.
Till the cyclone passes over, the seas are epxected to be very rough, hence, the fisherman have been advised not to venture in the sea till then, the director said.
Speaking to reporters, Area Cyclone Warning Centre Director S Balachandran on Sunday said coastal areas of north Tamil Nadu would experience moderate rainfall and heavy rainfall in isolated places from the night of November 14.
"On November 15, many places will receive moderate rainfall and isolated places will get heavy rainfall."
Listing out measures taken to face the cyclone, Revenue Administration Commissioner K Satyagopal told reporters in Tirunelveli that medical teams were on stand by in all districts.
(With inputs from PTI)