Cyclone Gaja Live Updates: Severe cyclonic storm makes landfall in Tamil Nadu, over 76,000 people evacuated

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Cyclone Gaja Live: The severe cyclonic storm made landfall late last night causing damage, the details of which is expected today

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Cyclone Gaja Live: Cyclone Gaja has made landfall on the coast of Tamil Nadu in the wee hours of Friday. The severe cyclonic storm crossed coast between Nagapattinam and nearby Vedaranniyam early today with wind speed gusting up to 120 kmph, according to reports. The AIADMK government in the state had announced holiday in schools and colleges in Nagapattinam. Around 76,290 people were evacuated from low lying areas and sheltered at over 300 relief centres in six districts including Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram and Tiruvarur, according to reports.

An India Meteorological Department (IMD) bulletin late last night stated that severe cyclonic storm Gaja crossed Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranniyam with wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting up to 120 kmph. “Though the center of cyclone is over land, rear sector of eye wall is still over sea. It will take about an hour to move over land,” the IMD bulletin issued at 3.15 AM said.

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    07:54 (IST)16 Nov 2018
    Cyclone Gaja: Check latest image

    Trees uprooted and houses damaged in Nagapattinam in the overnight rainfall and strong winds which hit the town after Cyclone Gaja made landfall

    00:38 (IST)16 Nov 2018
    Gaja cyclone: Heavy rainfall in Cuddalore

    Heavy rainfall has hit Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu. The cyclonic strom is expected to make a landfall early hours of Friday. According to SkymetWeather, outer band of cyclone has touched coast. However the eye is still 50 kms away from Tamil Nadu.

    00:31 (IST)16 Nov 2018
    Gaja cyclone: 76290 people evacuated from six districts of Tamil Nadu

    As of 12.10 am, 76290 people were evacuated to safety from six districts of Tamil Nadu. The state administartion has prepared over 29,000 permanent shelters in Tamil Nadu.

    00:24 (IST)16 Nov 2018
    Heavy rains in six districts of Tamil Nadu

    According to SkymetWeather, rains are lashing many parts of Ariyalur, Tiruvarur, Perambalur, Pudukkottai, Thanjavur and Cuddalore districts of Tamil Nadu.  The current location of Gaja is around 60-km from the coast. 

    00:18 (IST)16 Nov 2018
    Moderate thunderstorm predicted in seven districts of Tamil Nadu

    According to the state disaster management authority, moderate thunderstorm is likely to occur in some areas of Cuddalore, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Tiruvarur, Ariyalur and Perambalur districts of Tamilnadu for the next three hours.

    00:13 (IST)16 Nov 2018
    Gaja to touch land in next 1 hour

    According to a latest update, the cyclonic storm is moving at the rate of 16 km/r. The current location of the storm is 80-km southeast of Karaikal. It is expected to cross between Vedaranyam and Nagapattinam between 12 am-3 am. 'Within next 1 hour, eye of the cyclone is expected to touch the land,' a senior IMD official told ANI. 

    00:04 (IST)16 Nov 2018
    Cyclone Gaja: 72498 people evacuated In Tamil Nadu

    As of 11 pm, 72498 people were evacuated from six districts — Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur and Pudukkottai. 

    23:58 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Cyclone Gaja: 29,000 permanent shelters ready for people

    Speaking to ANI, Tamil Nadu minister MC Sampath said that there were 29,000 permanent cyclone shelters in the state. 'More than 5000 people are present in these shelters, food is being provided to them,' he said. The Minister also said that the district administration was on alert at all places. 'Cuddalore district has seen so many cyclones, so our preparation is very good,' he added.

    23:49 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Gaja: Cyclonic storm 60-km northeast of Vedaranyam

    The current location of cyclonic storm is 60-km northeast of Vedaranyam of Tamil Nadu. Landfall is likely to occur in early hours of Friday. According to the state disaster management authority, current wind speed is 100 to 110 kmph, gusting to 120 kmph.

    23:47 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Gaja: Cyclonic storm 60-km northeast of Vedaranyam

    The current location of cyclonic storm is 60-km northeast of Vedaranyam of Tamil Nadu. Landfall is likely to occur in early hours of Friday. According to the state disaster management authority, current wind speed is 100 to 110 kmph, gusting to 120 kmph.

    23:33 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Safety tips after cyclone Gaja

    The state disaster management authority has put out a list of safety tips that people in coastal districts need to keep in mind after the cyclone. 

    23:26 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Cyclone Gaja: 67000 people evacuated in Tamil Nadu

    Cyclone Gaja: More than 67000 people evacuated and accommodated in shelters in Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur and Pudukkottai districts, of Tamil Nadu  the state disaster management authority said in a tweet.

    23:12 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    WARNING! Storm after the lull period

    The Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority has released a warning about lull during the cyclone. In a tweet, the authority appealed to people to share its message to reach each person in coastal districts particularly Nagapattinam where landfall of the cyclone is likely to hit in the early hours of Friday.

    23:03 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Gaja: Cyclonic storm 80-km southeast of Nagapattinam

    According to SkymetWeather, the cyclonic storm is around 80 km from the southern coast. Thunder clouds building up over Nagapattinam. Outer ring of clouds is now covering coast. Rain is gradully increasing over Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Karaikal. 

    22:39 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Gaja: Cyclonic storm 85-km southeast of Nagapattinam

    The current location of the cyclonic storm is 85 km southeast of Nagapattinam. The Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority in its latest update said that cyclone is likely to have landfall by early hours of Friday in South of Nagapattinam district. The current Wind speed is between 100 and 110 kmph, gusting to 120 kmph. 'Share and spread the update! Your message can save many lives, you can become a life saviour too,' the TNSDMA said in a tweet. 

    22:24 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Gaja less than 100 km away from Tamil Nadu

    According to SkymetWeather, the cyclonic storm is now less than 100 km away from making the landfall on Tamil Nadu coast. It is likely to hit the coast between 12 am to 1 am. The outer periphery of the Gaja is now touching Karaikal and Nagapattinam coast.

    22:17 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Cyclone Gaja: Rain begins in Chennai

    According to SkymetWeather, rain has commenced over Chennai. Winds are blowing with a speed of 15-20 Kmph gusting to 35 Kmph. Chennai will not see heavy rains but few intense spells are expected in southern suburbs.

    21:52 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Outer band of Gaja enters Tamil Nadu coast

    IMD Gaja Upadate: Outer band of the system has already entered coast and rainfall has begun over coastal areas of Tamil Nadu. The IMD in its latest update said that the stormy wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph prevails along and off Tamil Nadu coast. The current location of the cyclonic storm is 95 km southeast of Nagapattinam. 

    21:32 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Gaja touching Karaikal, Nagapattinam coasts

    According to SkymetWeather, the outer periphery of cyclonic storm is touching Karaikal and Nagapattinam coasts. The storm is likely to cross the coast between Cuddalore and Pamban around Nagapattinam tonight.  

    20:52 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Cyclone Gaja: Helpline numbers opened

    Helpline numbers - In view of the cyclonic storm, the state government has set up control rooms to help people during any eventuality. Control rooms numbers - 1070, 1077, 1031. Other important numbers: Tamil Nadu emergency operation centre - 0413 223407, Puducherry municipality 0413 2227518, Oulgaret municipality 0413 2200382, coast guard 1554

    20:46 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Cyclone Gaja: Heavy rains expected in next few hours

    According to private weather agency Skymet, when cyclone Gaja will hit coastal state of Tamil Nadu, extremely heavy rains is expected in parts of Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Karaikal, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Pudukkottai, Tuticorin, Ramanathapuram.

    20:31 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Latest bulletin on cyclonic storm Gaja

    Gaja is likely to cross Tamil Nadu coast around Nagapattinam late evening. Current location of the storm 125 km SE of Nagapattinam. Wind speed - 90 to 100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph. 

    20:17 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Coast Guard issues warnings to fishermen

    The Indian Coast Guard has started taking measures to prevent loss of lives of fishermen during the cyclone. In a statement issued today, the Defence Ministry said that around eight ICG ships and two Dornier aircraft were pressed into action since last week. Three other ICG ships were also sailed from Chennai for Mandapam on Thursday for augmenting search and rescue and post cyclone relief operations.

    20:01 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Evening bulletin: Gaja to hit Tamil Nadu coast at 8

    According to the latest update by IMD, stormy wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph is prevailing along and off Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts and 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph along and off adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coast. It is likely to increase gradually becoming Gale wind speed reaching 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph likely along and off central parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast from 8 pm for the subsequent 6 hours.

    19:52 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Gaja: Action suggested during cyclone

    The IMD has suggested total suspension of fishing operations along and off Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts during next 24 hours. It has also advised fishermen not to venture into Southwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours. Coastal hutment dwellers are advised to move to safer places.

    19:44 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Gaja latest update: Coast Guard, Navy keeping a close watch

    The Coast Guard and Navy personnel are monitoring the situation at the coastal regions in and around Rameswaram and Pamban. The IMD has predicted heavy rainfall at most places over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Extremely heavy falls is also likely over Cuddalore, Nagappattinam, Karaikal, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Tuticorin and Ramanathapuram districts.

    19:31 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Cyclone Gaja: Landfall to occur between 8 pm and 11 pm

    As per the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority, the landfall is expected to occur between 8 pm and 11 pm tonight in all probability in Nagapattinam district. The authorities have shifted people living in low lying areas to relief centers in Nagapattinam

    19:16 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    IMD update on cyclone Gaja

    IMD latest update: Cyclonic storm ‘GAJA’ is very likely to move west-southwestwards and cross Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore, around Nagapattinam during late evening as a cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph.

    19:08 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Gaja cyclone: Major damage expected

    According to IMD, Gaja would cause massive damage over districts of Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Karaikal district of Puducherry. The cyclone may blow off roof tops and unattached metal sheets may fly. Damage to power and communication lines is also expected.

    18:58 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Latest update from Tamil Nadu SDMA

    Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority: Cyclone Gaja is likely to have landfall between Pamban and Cuddalore near Nagapattinam this evening with the wind speed of 80 - 90 gusting to 100 kmph. Currently, the cyclone is lying 150 km east of Nagapattinam.

    18:48 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Gaja cyclone: Tamil Nadu govt appeals to people

    Tamil Nadu Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management appealed to people in Nagapattinam coast to shift to evacuation shelters/ cyclone shelters.

    18:36 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Gaja Cyclone: Schools, colleges to remain shut on Friday

    In view of the cyclone, the administration has declared holiday schools and college in Nagapattinam and Thanjavur districts. In the next 24 hours, one or two spells of rain or thundershower is likely to occur.  The cyclone continues to intensify and could be a very strong during landfall.

    18:30 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Gaja cyclone: Heavy rainfall warnings

    The IMD has predicted rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy at a few places over Tamilnadu and Puducherry. Extremely heavy falls at isolated places is also likely over Cuddalore, Nagappattinam, Karaikal, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Tuticorin and Ramanathapuram districts. 

    18:24 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Do's and don'ts during cyclone Gaja

    The National Disaster Management Authority has released a list of do's and don'ts during the cyclone.

    18:16 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    NDRF teams deployed in Nagapattinam

    In view of the cyclone, four teams of NDRF personnel have been deployed in Nagapattinam while two teams of the state disaster response force personnel in Cuddalore. The state disaster management authority has also released a list of do's and don'ts during cyclone Gaja.

    17:59 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Puducherry CM reviews preparations

    The Puducherry Chief Minister Narayanasamy has reviewed preparations for cyclone Gaja. He visited rescue coordination centres as well as Puducherry's Beach Road. The photos of his visit were shared by All India Radio on its Twitter handle.

    17:56 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Warning issued for fishermen

    A warning has been issued for the Tamil Nadu Fishermen by state SDMA. It is for the next 06 hours from 1800 hrs IST on 15th Nov'18. "Wind Speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph #CycloneGaja," it says.

    17:46 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Cyclone Gaja LIVE Update latest

    Cyclone Gaja is likely to move west-southwestwards and cross Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore, around Nagapattinam during late evening of today, the 15th November 2018 as a Cyclonic Storm with a wind speed of 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph. "Cyclonic storm ‘GAJA’ over Southwest Bay of Bengal moved further west-southwestwards with a speed of 17 kmph during past 06 hours, intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and lay centred at 0830 hrs IST of 15th November, 2018," NDMA said in its latest tweet.

    17:29 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Cyclone to retain intensity for 6 hours

    The cyclonic storm is likely to retain its intensity for about six hours after the landfall. The wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph is likely to prevail over adjoining interior districts of Tamil Nadu.

    17:20 (IST)15 Nov 2018
    Heavy rainfall reported in Cuddalore

    Heavy rainfall has been reported from Cuddalore. Here are a few visuals -

    During the landfall of Cyclone Gaja, rains lashed Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, and Thanjavur, uprooting trees in several regions, the details of which is expected later in Friday.  Electricity supply was disconnected here and in several other coastal regions in view of the cyclone's landfall. Four teams each of National Disaster Response Force personnel have been already deployed in Nagapattinam district while two teams of the state disaster response force in Cuddalore district, officials said Thursday. The state disaster management authority had released an animated video aimed at creating awareness on the do's and don'ts during cyclone.
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