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India, Sri Lanka – Tropical Cyclone Gaja Update (GDACS, JTWC, IMD, Sri Lanka Department of Meteorology) (ECHO Daily Flash of 14 November 2018)

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Tropical cyclone GAJA continued south-west over the Bay of Bengal, as a tropical storm. On 14 November at 0:00 UTC, its centre was approx. 630 km east-north-east of Chidambaram town (Tamil Nadu State) and 655 km north-east of Point Pedro town (north-east Sri Lanka) with maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h. It is forecast to continue west-south-west, slightly strengthening, with maximum sustained winds up to 83 km/h. GAJA could make landfall close to Chidambaram town on 15 November late in the afternoon, as a tropical storm. Heavy rainfall and strong winds could affect Tamil Nadu, southern Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and central-northern Sri Lanka over 14-16 November. A Red Warning for heavy rainfall has been issued for Tamil Nadu for 15 November and an Orange Warning for Tamil Nadu and Kerala for 16 November.