The Met department on Wednesday said a cyclone, brewing over Bay of Bengal, is expected to cross the north Tamil Nadu coast near Cuddalore early on December 2 bringing heavy rainfall.
The cyclone- called Nada - is currently situated about 830 kms of southeast Chennai in the form of an intensified deep depression and is headed towards the land.
"The system is very likely to continue to move west-northwestwards and intensify further into a cyclonic storm (Nada) during next 12 hours. It is very likely to cross north Tamil Nadu coast between Vedaranyam and Chennai close to Cuddalore by early hours of December 2," Chennai Meteorological office said.
Here's how the state is preparing to brave the predicted cyclone:
- The government schools in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur, Cuddalore and Nagapattinum have declared a two-day off after the cyclone prediction. They are expected to remain closed on December 1 and 2, reports India Today.
- High alert has been issued at Puducherry and Tamil Nadu coast and fishermen have been asked to not venture out during this period. The ones in the seas have been advised to return immediately,
- National Disaster Management Authority officials visited Chennai on Wednesday to review state government's preparedness to meet the impact of the Northeast monsoon and has expressed satisfaction with the arrangements, reports The News Minute.
- The state government has reportedly taken several new initiative including vulnerability mapping and analysis, formation of Inter Departmental Zonal teams in vulnerable areas and institutional arrangements among others.