‘Gaja’ Cyclone Alert for Tamil Nadu & Puducherry coast

The Cyclonic storm ‘GAJA’ over Westcentral and adjoining Eastcentral & South Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 12 kmph during past 06 hours and lay centred at 1130 hrs IST of today, the 13th November, 2018 over West central and adjoining East central & South Bay of Bengal near latitude 13.5°N and longitude 86.6°E, about 690 km east-northeast of Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and 790 km east-northeast of Nagappattinam (Tamil Nadu). It is likely to move west-southwestwards and intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 24 hours. While moving west-southwestwards further, it is likely to weaken gradually on 15th November and cross Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore as a Cyclonic Storm during 15th November afternoon.

Forecast track and intensity are given in the following table:


Date/Time(IST) Position(Lat. 0N/ long. 0E) Maximum sustained surface wind speed (Kmph) Category of cyclonic disturbance
13.11.18/1130 13.5/86.6 70-80 gusting to 90 Cyclonic Storm
13.11.18/1730 13.1/85.8 70-90 gusting to 100 Cyclonic Storm
13.11.18/2330 12.6/85.3 75-85 gusting to 95 Cyclonic Storm
14.11.18/0530 12.1/84.7 80-90 gusting to 100 Cyclonic Storm
14.11.18/1130 11.7/84.0 90-100 gusting to 115 Severe Cyclonic Storm
14.11.18/2330 11.2/82.5 90-100 gusting to 115 Severe Cyclonic Storm
15.11.18/1130 10.6/80.2 80-90 gusting to 100 Cyclonic Storm
15.11.18/2330 10.3/78.7 50-60 gusting to 70 Deep Depression
16.11.18/1130 10.0/77.1 35-45 gusting to 55 Depression
16.11.18/2330 9.8/75.6 25-35 gusting to 45 Low

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