Chennai: Meteorological officials said it lay centred about 500 km east-south east of Chennai at 1600 hrs on Wednesday and is likely to
move in a west-north westward direction and cross between Cuddalore and Nellore on the morning of December 30.
"However, as the cyclonic storm will come further close to the coast after 24 hours, there is a probability of slight weakening before landfall," they said.
While rainfall is likely in some areas of north coastal
Tamil Nadu and Puducherry from Dec 29, gale force winds with
speeds of between 95-105 kmph and 120 kmph would prevail along
and off these areas at the time of landfall, they said.
Since the sea would be "very rough," fishermen have been
advised to totally suspend suspend fishing operations.
Meanwhile, Chennai Corporation set up 15 special teams,
equipped with portable motors to drain rain water and potable
machines to cut trees and are in stand by mode, a corporation