Tamil Nadu under red alert, storm to hit on Sunday

Tamil Nadu under red alert, storm to hit on Sunday


The Indian Meteorological Department on Thursday issued a red alert for Tamil Nadu stating that "heavy to very heavy rainfall" would strike parts of the state on October 7 due to a severe storm in the Arabian Sea.

Speaking to reporters in Chennai, S Balachandran, director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre said: "A low pressure is set to form in the southeast Arabian sea on Friday. It is likely to intensify into depression and later a cyclonic storm over 36 hours and move towards Oman."

The weather department has urged fishermen in Tamil Nadu, south Kerala and Lakswadeep not to venture into the sea between October 5-8. Fishermen in deep sea have been advised to return to the coast by Friday.

Over the next three days, Tamil Nadu will experience light to moderate rainfall with one or two places experiencing heavy rainfall.

The weathermen further added that "red alert is given whenever there is an expectation of heavy to very heavy rainfall. Central Meterological department will issue state level warning and the state met department in turn will announce the district wise warnings. Districts near Western ghats and Kanyakumari are likely to get heavy rainfall".

Meanwhile, the state government has directed district collectors to keep a close vigil and has activated control room numbers in the respective districts.

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