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.