As southern India continues relief efforts in the wake of Cyclone Gaja, a new storm is forecast to bring severe weather to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry from Tuesday, November 20, to Wednesday, November 21. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued orange weather alerts for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, warning of extremely heavy rain and strong winds. Rainfall totals of over 25 cm (10 in) are forecast in coastal areas and 12.5-25 cm (5-10 in) of rain are forecast for inland areas, along with winds of up to 60 km/h (37 mph). Infrastructure damages and transportation disruptions are possible in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, as well as in coastal areas of southern Andhra Pradesh.
The region is still recovering from Cyclone Gaja, which killed at least 46 people and displaced 251,000 others.
Tropical storms and cyclones are common in the Indian Ocean from April to December. Cyclone Gaja made landfall in central Tamil Nadu on November 16, resulting in 46 deaths in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Individuals in southern India are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate flooding and disruptions to transportation, power, and telecommunications, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Remember that walking or driving through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater and chemical products; all items having come into contact with floodwater should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.
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