It was anticipated earlier that the cycle would cross the coast on Thursday afternoons. Photograph: AFP
Chennai: With the Gaja cycle approaching the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast and expecting a fall between Cuddalore and Pamban on Thursday, Tamil Nadu's government said it had used disaster response teams in coastal areas, fishermen were advised not to venture out of the sea, and dams across the state have been warned loudly.
The collectors of the Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Ramanathapuram, Cuddalore, Pudukottai and Nagapattinam area have declared holidays for schools and colleges in their own areas.
Karaikal, who is also under the administration of Puducherry, is also on notice. Prime Minister Puducherry V. Narayanasamy held a review meeting in Karaikal on Wednesday and directed the area authorities to keep stocks of relief materials.
There are nine National Response to Disasters teams (NDRFs) located in Nhamil Nadu and two in Puducherry. Seven teams of the state government disaster response force are also being used, according to the revenue minister R B Udhayakumar.
The storm cyclonic is likely to move towards western westwestern and intensify into a "severe cyclonic storm" in the next 24 hours. Moving towards western west Wales further, it is likely that it will gradually weaken on Thursday and cross the Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore as a cyconic storm on Thursday night, according to the Meteorological Department India (IMD).
It was anticipated earlier that the cycle would cross the coast on Thursday afternoons.
It is expected that the coastal crossing cycle with a wind speed of 80-90km per hour (kmph) will like more than 100 km, said regional director of the IMD S. Balachandran.
"Rain in most places is heavily heavily in a few places over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Excessive heavy drops in remote areas are also likely to occur over the Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Karaikal, Thiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukottai, Thoothukudi and Ramanathapuram. Heavy rainfall to heavy rainfall is likely to occur over Tamil Nadu and coastal Puducherry, "said an IMD bulletin.
Over 15 train services have been cut or canceled.
On Tuesday, the minister said over 200 medical teams, there were 300 mobile medical teams and 315 veterinary teams in progress. He added that power generators, earthmakers, pump sets and rescue boats were also ready to use.
On Tuesday, the Central Water Commission had issued a consultation to keep dams in the state on high warning.
"Extensive rainfall in the catchment area is adequate to fill in and the time between rainfall and peak inflow may be less than 24 hours and, in some cases, it can be as low as 6-12 hours, "said the advice note addressed to the Tamil Nadu government.
He also said that there was a need for surveillance around the clock in each dam, especially the small and medium sized ones.