Cyclone Gaja is forecast to make landfall in southern India, near Karaikal, in the early hours (local time) of Thursday, November 15. The storm will affect coastal areas of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Puducherry along with northern Sri Lanka. Heavy rain and strong winds are also expected for Kerala and southern Karnataka. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued weather warnings, their highest alert, for Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Andhra Pradesh for Thursday and Friday, November 16. Rainfall of more than 20 cm (8 in) is expected in northern Tamil Nadu on Thursday. Winds of up to 100 km/h (60 mph) are expected beginning on the evening of Wednesday, November 14.
As of 17:30 on Monday, November 12, Gaja was located approximately 800 km (500 mi) east of Chennai and producing sustained winds of 75 km/h (45 mph). It is forecast to strengthen over the coming days before weakening just before landfall.
Tropical cyclones are common in the Indian Ocean from April to December.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, and anticipate flooding, transportation, and telecommunication disruptions. In the event of flooding, keep in mind that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.
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