Red alert to TN: Govt devises strategy

Following a red alert issued to Tamil Nadu in the wake of predicted cyclone and rains, the Tamil Nadu government today held a high level meeting at the Secretariat in Chennai. The meeting was chaired by Tamil Nadu chief secretary Girija Vaidyanathan during which steps to tackle the rains and to minimise the damage were discussed. Special teams will be formed, it is learnt. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has upgraded the outlook for a pre-monsoon depression over the South-West Bay of Bengal to that of a tropical cyclone, which it expects to materialise by Saturday.

A preparatory low-pressure area is expected to take shape by Thursday, before undergoing gradual strengthening into a powerful cyclone likely headed for Tamil Nadu. According to the IMD, this could result in ‘very rough’/‘high sea’ conditions over the South Bay and squally/gale force winds with speeds reaching up to 80 km/hr along and off the Tamil Nadu coast and the Comorin area from Sunday to Tuesday.