Sub: Cyclonic storm ‘GAJA’ westcentral and adjoining eastcentral & southeast Bay of Bengal (Cyclone Alert for north Tamil Nadu & Puducherry coast: Yellow Message), Time of issue: 1300 hours IST, Dated: 12-11-2018

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Yesterday’s cyclonic storm (CS) “Gaja” over eastcentral and adjoining westcentral & southeast BoB moved nearly westwards till early morning of today, the 12th November, 2018. Thereafter, it moved southsouthwestwards and lay centered at 0830 hrs IST of the 12 th November, 2018 over westcentral and adjoining eastcentral & southeast BoB near latitude 13.1°N and longitude 87.0°E, about 730 km eastnortheast of Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and 820 km east-northeast of Nagappattinam (Tamil Nadu). It is very likely to move west-southwestwards and intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 24 hours and maintain the intensity during subsequent 24 hours. Thereafter, while moving west-southwestwards, it is likely to weaken gradually and cross north Tamil Nadu coast between Nagappattinam and Chennai as a Cyclonic Storm during 15th November forenoon.