Chennai is getting ready to face the severe cyclonic storm ‘Jal’ after the onset of North-East monsoon in end October.
Click the map below to know the path followed by the cyclonic storm ‘Jal’ from November 04. (Plotted in Google Maps with co-ordinates taken from Weather Underground and IMD – India Meteorological Department).
IMD vide BOB 05/2010/22 dated November 07, issued at 0830 hours IST warns that
“Under its influence, rain/thundershower would occur at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (≥25 cm) over north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south coastal Andhra Pradesh during next 48 hours and at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places over Rayalaseema, south Tamil Nadu and South Interior Karnataka during the same period.
Gale winds speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph would prevail along and off North Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts during next 12 hours. It may increase upto 110-120 kmph gusting to 130 kmph at the time of landfall. Sea conditions will be very rough to high, along and off these coasts becoming phenomenal at the time of landfall.
Storm surge of about 1-2 metres above the astronomical tide may inundate the low lying areas of Nellore & Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh and Tiruvallur, Chennai & Kanchipuram districts of Tamilnadu at the time of landfall”
The Hindu reports that “several government agencies are gearing up to tackle the situation. The Chennai Corporation has set up a 24-hour control room. Apart from the Corporation’s toll free helpline 1913, residents can contact 25386386 or 25619336 for assistance. Residents may also contact the helpline 28521109, 28524422 and 155333 during emergency”
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