Cyclone Gaja is predicted to hit the areas of Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh on the 14th and 15th of November.
Many areas of north Tamil Nadu and southern Andhra are under high alert.
R.B. Udayakumar, the Tamil Nadu Disaster Management Minister, said, “We have received information that a deep depression would intensify into a cyclone and have put 13 districts, mainly those along the coast, on high alert.”
The Chennai officials said the cyclone is expected to hit north Tamil Nadu and move to the southern Andhra Pradesh coast between Cuddalore and Sriharikota, on the 15th of November.
According to weather reports, Cyclone Gaja will travel with an intense speed of 100 km per hour from the Bay of Bengal. It will lead to intense rainfall in the areas of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh, expected to start during the evening on the 14th of November.
S. Balachandran, the Area Cyclone Warning Centre Director, said, “On November 15, many places will receive moderate rainfall and isolated places will get heavy rainfall.”
The Meteorological Department said the cyclone is not very strong and is expected to weaken while crossing north Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
Cyclone Gaja will be the second cyclone to hit Andhra Pradesh this year. The first one was Cyclone Titli, which took place during October and claimed 8 lives.
With there being high chances of Cyclone Gaja intensifying, the administration is taking safety measures to protect the public. Fishermen are advised to avoid venturing into the sea.