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Cyclone Thane lashes India's south coast

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30 Dec 2011 05:33

  • Wind speeds of up to 125 kmph (77 mph

  • Thane makes landfall near town of Pondicherry

By S. Murari

CHENNAI, Dec 30 (AlertNet) - Lashing rains and gale force winds bore down on India's southeastern coast on Friday, disrupting power supplies and communication lines as Cyclone Thane landfall near the industrial city of Chennai, officials and witnesses said.

Packing wind speeds of up to 125 kmph (77 mph) and accompanied by tidal surges of up to 1.5 metres (5 feet), Thane hit Tamil Nadu state, close to the former French colonial town of Pondicherry on Friday morning, as coastal villagers moved to relief shelters.

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