Nilam to hit TN-AP coasts

Cyclone will impact AP, but no danger: Raghuveera

Govt dispels fears; alerts officials
Winds, heavy rains in next 48 hrs in S Andhra
Fishermen told not to venture into the sea
Control room tel: 040-2345 6005, 040-2345 1043
Danger signals hoisted at 5 ports in TN
Warning signal No. 6 raised at Machilipatnam, Nizamapatnam and Krishnapatnam

Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are bracing for a cyclone after the deep depression which had formed in the Bay of Bengal intensified into a cyclone. It is likely to cross the coast between Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu and Nellore after 3 pm on Wednesday. The State government feels that the impact of the cyclone will be more in Tamil Nadu.

According to Cyclone Warning Centre in Visakhapatnam, the cyclone, which has been named Nilam as suggested by Pakistan under the cyclone naming procedure, was located about 450 km south-southeast of Chennai and 100 km east-northeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka) by Tuesday evening. It is likely to cross the coast between Cuddalore and Nellore on Wednesday evening. Under its influence, rains are likely to occur in south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu with isolated heavy falls in some areas.

Squally winds with speed reaching 45 to 50 kmph along and off the coast is also likely during the next 24 hours. As the system approach the coast, the wind speed could reach more 90 kmph, the official said. Some places in south coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjoining areas could receive more than 20 cm of rainfall during the next 24 hours. At landfall, wind speeds will be between 80 and 90 km per hour. The wind speed could even reach 100 km per hour, the data indicates.

Distance signal No 2 has been hoisted at Visakhapatnam Port and signal No 6 at Machilipatnam, Nizamapatnam and Krishnapatnam. Officials asked the fishermen not to venture into the sea till the system crossed the coast. Revenue officials and fire service personnel were asked to be high alert on the coastal areas.

Addressing the media in Hyderabad on Tuesday, Minister for Revenue N Raghuveera Reddy said that the IMD had cautioned rainfall at most places in South Andhra Pradesh with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall in the coming 48 hours.

He said that heavy rainfall of 20 cm or more would occur in Nellore district and moderate rains in Prakasam, Guntur and Krishna districts. The minister said control rooms had been set up in the Secretariat and all the affected district headquarters of Nellore, Chittoor, Prakasam, Guntur and Krishna.

Referring to the sea conditions, he said the sea in Nellore would be very rough to high all along and the fishermen had been asked not to venture in to the sea during the next 48 hours. “The government has directed all the mandal revenue officers and other staff to be on the spot and give necessary suggestions to the people, particularly fishermen.”

He said that the higher officials in Secretariat and District Collectors were asked to review the bulletins of IMD every three hours and take actions accordingly. He said that the phone numbers of the control rooms were 040-23456005 and 040-23451043 and people of the area could contact the officials for any advice or help.

“As per the IMD reports, squally winds, reaching speeds of 45-55 kmph, are indicated and they may go up to 65 kmph along the coast of South Andhra Pradesh. The wind speed would gradually increase when cyclone comes closer to the coast”, he said.

Raghuveera Reddy said, “There will be no danger with the Nilam, particularly to our state according to IMD”. He asked the people not to get panic because it would show its impact more in Tamil Nadu. But, the people should be alert at the same time, he added.

The Collectors of Krishna, West Godavari, Guntur, Prakasam and Nellore districts are closely watching the developments and holding review meetings with the revenue, police and other departments. They have opened the control rooms and asked people to alert the officials in case of any emergency. The officials are also coordinating with the Indian Meteorological Department at Visakhapatnam on minute-to-minute development of the depression.

Though the depression did not have any impact on West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur districts, the other two south coastal districts, Prakasam and Nellore received rains and high speed gales.

However, the officials have raised the third warning signal at the Machilipatnam, Krishnapatnam, Vadarevu and Nizampatnam ports and have kept a strict vigil along the coast to prevent fishermen going into the sea. The sixth warning signal has been hoisted at Krishnapatnam port. The Nellore district Collector B. Sridhar said that rice and kerosene were readied for supply to rehabilitation centres in 70 villages along the coast as a preventive measure.

TN braces for Nilam brunt

Under the influence of the storm, rainfall at most places, with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall, would occur over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during next 12 hours, an bulletin issued by Area Cyclone Warning Centre here at 1 pm said. It forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall and isolated extremely heavy rainfall (25 cm or more) in the region during the subsequent 36 hours.

“Squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph would prevail along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts during next 12 hours.

The wind speed would gradually increase thereafter as the system comes closer to coast,” it said. Wind speeds can reach upto 90 km in Chennai and there could be some disruption in communication lines, the bulletin said. Danger signals ranging from five to seven have been hoisted at Chennai, Ennore, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Puducherry ports.

Meanwhile, 12 fishermen from Tamil Nadu who were at high sea reached safely SHAR Centre at Sriharikota. As a safety precaution, the CISF personnel shifted them to Sriharikota police station. They had set out in 12 boats from Batakuppam in Tamil Nadu five days ago and became alerted by turbulence in the sea. The officials are making arrangements to send them to their respective places. With inputs from our buraux in Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada.

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