December 29, 2011

[Latest Update Dec 30, 2011]

The severe cyclonic storm 'Thane' hit the Tamil Nadu coast today killing at least 33 persons and causing immense destruction to life & property in Cuddalore district and adjacent Union Territory of Puducherry.

  • Cyclone Thane caused heavy rain and wind gusts up to 140 kmph at the Tamil Nadu coast today
  • The cyclonic storm 'Thane' left the southern Andhra Pradesh coast safe 
  • Cuddalore accounted for 21 deaths, Puducherry(seven), Villupuram and Tiruvallur(two each) and Chennai(one)in rain-related incidents mainly wall collapse and electrocution
  • The severe Cyclonic storm Thane crossed the coast between Cuddalore and Puducherry bringing torrential rains accompanied by gale that uprooted hundreds of trees and knocked electric poles, snapping power supply in several areas. 
  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa released Rs 150 crore for immediate relief works. 
  • Puducherry was cut off from neighbouring districts in Tamil Nadu with the uprooted trees blocking road traffic. 
  • The cyclone Thane also disrupted rail and air operations with services cancelled or rescheduled. Flights to international destinations including the middle-east and Malaysia from Chennai were cancelled following the inclement weather. Southern Railway partially cancelled and rescheduled most of the trains between Chennai and southern districts. 
  • In Chennai, a cargo ship ran aground off Marina Beach with the sea conditions remaining rough. Sheet of water could be seen on the service road along the beach which was lashed by tidal waves.

[Earlier]

  • The severe cyclonic storm 'Thane', which lay 130km east of Puducherry on Dec 29, 2011 evening, has been moving west-northwest
  • This indicates that the landfall could be nearer to Puducherry rather than Chennai as expected earlier. 
  • Cyclone Thane was moving at 15kmph with swirling storms touching speeds of 100kmph. 
  • There is a slight weakening of the storm, which will cause winds of about 40kmph in Chennai. 
  • Just before the cyclone hits the land, wind speeds at Nagapattinam and Puducherry may touch 70kmph and bring heavy rain.
  • Chennai may continue to get rain till Saturday
  • Revenue department and the Chennai corporation have set up relief centres in wake of the Cyclone Thane
  • The Coast Guard has deployed two of its vessels in the Bay of Bengal for rescue operations. 
  • The Chennai collectorate has ordered a holiday for schools and advised against holding special classes. 
  • The Chennai port has sent 18 vessels to outer anchorage to keep the berths, which may see some turbulence, clear of any activity. 
  • The airport authorities have harnessed smaller aircraft and kept pumps ready to deal with sudden floods. 
  • Southern Railway said it would delay or divert a few trains running in the region on Friday in anticipation of Cyclone Thane

 

[Earlier Update]

With the cyclonic storm `Thane' closing in on the Bay of Bengal coast, Andhra Pradesh Government got into a high alert today 

Cyclone Thane Facts Destruction Threat Updates

  • Cyclone 'Thane' is a very severe cyclonic storm, that lay centred over southwest Bay of Bengal this morning
  • The very severe cyclonic storm “Thane” over south west Bay of Bengal moved West wards and lay centered about 189 kms south east of Chennai. 
  • Cyclone Thane is expected to move westwards and cross north Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and Chennai tomorrow morning. 
  • This cyclone - Cyclone 'Thane' may cause heavy rain up to 25 cm in districts like Nellore, Prakasam and Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh, an official release said.
  • Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected over south coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema districts due to this cyclone. 
  • Cyclone 'Thane' wind speed will increase gradually to 110-120 kmph, gusting to 135 kmph along north Tamil Nadu and south coastal Andhra from tonight
  • Roads and Buildings, Municipal Administration, Electricity, Medical and Health and Fisheries department officials have been put on high alert. 
  • Pilgrims headed for Tirumala-Tirupati are requested to postpone their travel plans in view of the cyclone.
  • Cyclone 'Thane' could be damage to crops like paddy and groundnut due to the cyclone. 
  • 'Thane' cyclonic storm is likely to cross the northern part of Tamil Nadu by early morning on Friday
  • Cyclone 'Thane' can bring very heavy rainfall combined with squally winds gusting upto 135 kph.
  • Very severe cyclonic storm 'THANE' over southwest Bay of Bengal slightly moved westward and lay centered at about 180 km east of Puducherry, 180 km southeast of Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and 400 km north-northeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka).
  • The Cyclonic system is likely to move westwards and cross north Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and Chennai, close to Puducherry around early morning of December 30
  • North Tamil Nadu and Puducherry could experience extremely heavy rainfall of 25 cm, while isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur over south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalseema
  • Cyclonic winds with speeds touching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph is likely along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and South Andhra Pradesh coasts. 
  • The wind speed would increase gradually, gusting to 135 kmph along and off north Tamil Nadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coast from tonight
  • Storm surge of about 1-1.5 meter height above astronomical tide would inundate low lying areas of Puducherry and Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Villupuram districts of Tamil Nadu in landfall. 
  • Sea condition is very rough and would gradually become very high to phenomenal.
  • A met office bulletin issued in Chennai on Thursday evening said that the system is likely to move westwards and cross North Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and Chennai, close to Puducherry on Friday morning. The bulletin further says that there is a probability of the cyclonic storm weakening slightly before landfall, as it comes further close to the coast.

More about Cyclone 'Thane': A Video 



 

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