CHENNAI/CUDDALORE : The State government has put in place all precautionary measures to face cyclonic storm Nada, which is likely to cross north Tamil Nadu coast between Vedaranyam and Puducherry, close to Cuddalore, by early morning of December 2.
The storm is currently 700 km southeast of Chennai and 650 km east-southeast of Puducherry.
S Balachandran, director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, said, “Rains would start from Thursday morning and will slowly intensify. We are predicting widespread heavy to heavy rainfall in coastal districts on December 2 and interior parts of the State will receive rains subsequently.”
Squally winds would be experienced from Thursday with speed clocking 80 km per hour and the sea turning rough.Tamil Nadu Electricity Board has mobilised additional manpower and necessary equipment in Cuddalore and Nagapattinam from Wednesday night. Two teams of NDRF and one of SDRF are being positioned in these two districts to meet any eventuality.
All district collectors have been alerted to take precautionary measures and necessary action to evacuate people from low-lying and vulnerable areas to relief centres.
Public may contact 1070 / 1077 (toll free numbers) for help in an emergency. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea. Sufficient stock of all materials, including poles, distribution transformers and conductors, have been made available to carry out restoration works immediately in times of any exigency.
Greater Chennai Corporation has made elaborate arrangements for meeting an eventuality. Public can lodge complaints with round-the-clock control room at Corporation headquarters by dialling 044-25619206, 25619511, 25384965, 25383694, 25367823, 25387570 and via Whatsapp on 9445477207, 9445477203, 9445477206, 9445477201, 9445477205.
They can also email complaints to: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
For ports, Indian Meterological Department (IMD) has hoisted distant cautionary signal “number one” with section signal number 5 in Chennai and Nagapattinam. This implies there would be no or little damage. Number two cyclone warning signal has been hoisted at Cuddalore port. Depending on the intensity and wind speeds, cautionary signal numbers are given and they range from 1 to 11. Similarly, ports in Ennore, Kattupalli, Puducherry, Karaikal, Pamban and Thoothukudi were also given distant cautionary signal number one warning. In a post on Facebook page ‘Tamil Nadu Weatherman’, Pradeep John said the system will not cause flooding and the cyclone would weaken close to the coast due to wind shear and less energy available.
Meanwhile, Cuddalore Collector T P Rajesh said that safety measures have been carried out in all coastal villages in the district. “In total, 49 coastal villages were identified as prone to the cyclone. As many as 30 rescue teams are on standby. A total of 29 cyclone relief shelters and 14 multi-purpose shelters have been set up,” he added.