Chennai, Dec 30: Cyclone Thane, packing wind speed of 130 kmph, was expected to cross the coast between Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry around 9 a.m. Friday, officials of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) here said.
‘The cyclone is in the process of crossing between Cuddalore and Puducherry coast. The wind speed is around 130 kmph at Puducherry and Cuddalore. Waves measuring 1.5 metres height are hitting the shoreline,’ an IMD official told IANS.
At 2 a.m. the cyclone moved closer to about 90 km east of Puducherry, 125 km south-southeast of Chennai, IMD said.
According to IMD, even after landfall the system is likely to maintain its intensity for 12 hours and weaken gradually.
Rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls was expected in northern Tamil Nadu and Pudducherry.
The Tamil Nadu government has set up 20 teams to monitor the water levels in lakes and other water bodies in Chennai, Thiruvallur and other places.
Eight teams of National Disaster Management Force have been sent to the coastal districts.
Authorities in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are on high alert to manage the emerging situation.
Indo Asian News Service