The coastal districts of Tamil Nadu await in anticipation of Cyclone Gaja, the cyclonic storm that has been lurking in the southeast Bay of Bengal for over four days now. With heavy rainfalls predicted along the coast, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, and Ramanathapuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Karaikal district of Puducherry are bracing for impact.
While the districts have assured citizens that they are cyclone ready, as of Thursday morning, Cyclone Gaja is about 370 km east-southeast of Chennai and 370 km east-northeast of Nagapattinam.
After days of uncertainty, Gaja is finally expected to make landfall between Pamban and Cuddalore, around Nagapattinam during the evening/ night of November 15 as a cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 80-90 kmph, gusting to 100 kmph. An IMD bulletin issued at 8.30 am on Thursday said that the cyclonic storm has moved west-southwestwards with a speed of 14 kmph over the past six hours. Gaja is expected to make landfall between Pamban and Cuddalore, around Nagapattinam during the evening/ night of November 15 as a cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 80-90 kmph, gusting to 100 kmph.
Anna University has announced the cancellation of all exams scheduled on Thursday, November 15 as Tamil Nadu awaits the onslaught of Cyclone Gaja. New dates will be announced later. On Wednesday, Pondicherry University cancelled all exams scheduled for Thursday at all its centres in Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe, Yanam and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
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