Chennai: A severe cyclonic storm, centered
about 550 kms from Chennai, would further intensify and cross
the Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh coast on Sunday night, the
regional weather office said on Sunday.
The cyclone, Jal remained stationary and lay centered
over southwest Bay of Bengal at about 450 kms east-northeast
of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 550 km east-southeast of Chennai
and 700 km southeast of Nellore, they said.
The cyclone would intensify further, move in a
west-northwestwards direction and cross north Tamil Nadu and
south Andhra Pradesh coasts between Puducherry and Nellore
close to Chennai by Sunday night, they added.
Rain or thundershowers would occur at most places with
isolated heavy to very heavy rain fall over north coastal
Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south coastal Andhra Pradesh in the
next 24 hours, beginning 8:30 AM today.
South coastal Tamil Nadu would witness widespread rain
over the next 48 hours, the weather office said.
Wind speed reaching between 60-80 kmph would prevail
along and off North Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra
Pradesh coast from today and it might increase to 120-130 kmph
to 140 kmph at the time of landfall, it said.
Sea conditions would be very rough to high. Storm surge
may inundate low lying areas of Nellore and Prakasam districts
of Andhra Pradesh and Tiruvallur, Chennai and Kanchipuram
districts at the time of landfall, it said.
"The system is under constant surveillance and concerned
state governments are being informed," the weather office