Cyclonic storm ‘GAJA’ over East-central and adjoining West-central & Southeast Bay of Bengal (Cyclone Alert for north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry & adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts: Yellow Message), 11 November 2018

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Time of issue: 1230 hours IST
Dated: 11-11-2018

Yesterday’s depression over southeast Bay of Bengal (BoB) intensified into a deep depression (DD) in the same evening over southeast & adjoining central BoB. Moving further west-northwestwards, it intensified into a cyclonic storm (CS) “Gaja” over east-central and adjoining west-central & southeast BoB in the early morning of today, the 11th November, 2018.

It lay centred at 0830 hrs IST of today, the 11th November, 2018 over the same region near latitude 13.5°N and longitude 88.9°E, about 460 km west-northwest of Port Blair (Andaman Islands), 930 km east-northeast of Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and 980 km east-southeast of Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh). It is very likely to intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 24 hours. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards during next 36 hours and then west-southwestwards towards north Tamil Nadu – south Andhra Pradesh coasts during subsequent 48 hours. However, while moving west-southwestwards, it is likely to weaken gradually and cross north Tamil Nadu – south Andhra Pradesh coasts between Cuddalore (Tamil Nadu) and Sriharikota as a Cyclonic Storm during 15th November forenoon.