Harsh cyclonic storm ‘Jal’ has diluted into a cyclonic storm and lay centred over southwest Bay of Bengal, about 250 km east-southeast of Chennai, on Sunday yet as two persons died in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu.
Weather office stated that “JAL has moved northwestwards and diluted into a cyclonic storm and lay centred at 1130 hrs over the southwest Bay of Bengal around 250 km east-southeast of Chennai, 350 km south-southeast of Nellore and 450 km north-northeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka).”
The storm would move about west-northwestwards, slightly weaken further and cross Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts tonight between Puducherry and Nellore nearby Chennai.
The Tamil Nadu government has locate coastal districts on a high alert and ordered people living in low situating areas to move to places of safety. Schools and colleges in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur district would continue closed on Monday. The Puducherry administration has also announced a holiday for schools.
In Chennai, Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin visited rain affected areas and ordered authorities to extend all possible help to the exaggerated people. He told reporters that officials had been put on high alert. “Rubber boats have been kept ready in case of any emergency for rescuing people in low lying areas,” he said.
Arrival of flights from various destinations to Chennai was also exaggerated due to rain. Airport sources said two Chennai-bound flights from Port Blair and one from Delhi were diverted to Bangalore due to poor weather. Although, Bus and train services, including the electric multiple unit (EMU) services, remained unchanged.