Tropical Cyclone "Gaja" moving toward Sri Lanka and southern IndiaTropical Cyclone "Gaja" formed over the Bay of Bengal on November 10, 2018, as the 6th named storm of the 2018 North Indian Ocean cyclone season. The cyclone is moving WSW offshore towards southern India and northern Sri Lanka, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. Current forecast models call for another heavy rain maker to strike the same region after November 20.
At 00:00 UTC on November 12, the center of Tropical Cyclone "Gaja" was located approximately 800 km (500 miles) ENE of Nagapattinam City, Tamil Nadu, SE India and 760 km (472 miles) NE of Trincomalee City, NE Sri Lanka with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h (40 mph).
Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to continue strengthening but remaining a tropical storm.
Gaja could reach coastal areas of eastern Tamil Nadu early November 15 (UTC) with maximum sustained winds of 111 km/h (69 mph).
Heavy rainfall and strong winds could affect Tamil Nadu and the southern Andhra Pradesh States as well as northern Sri Lanka on November 14 and 15.
3.03 PM.Update , Cyclone #Gaja travelled close to 60 kms from 5.30AM till 11.30 AM and it was approximately, 490 kms east of Chennai, to travel wsw as expected earlier .1st decent spell to Chennai likely after 5.30/8.30AM tmrw. Furious cells seen down south. #ChennaiRains pic.twitter.com/u3znKEVD31— Chennai Rains (@Chennai_nem) 14 november 2018
Cyclonic Storm #Gaja will strike #India between #Puducherry & #Vedaranyam on Thursday. Gaja will spread rain, some heavy, from S #AndhraPradesh & #TamilNadu to #Kerala, S #Karnataka & far N #SriLanka from late Wednesday night into Friday. pic.twitter.com/F4LTf16y8D— Jason Nicholls (@jnmet) 14 november 2018
#Gaja finally beginning to re-intensify with deep convective spiral banding structure seen and much of convection remains to north/north-eastern portion of center. Where it makes landfall - the northern part of landfall areas will see cyclonic winds to heavy rains. #TamilNadu pic.twitter.com/yEWyoyjKrH— Akshay (@akshaysampathk1) 14 november 2018
#Gaja #CycloneGaja #GajaCyclone #GajaCycloneUpdates— MODIfied Indian (@ModifiedTamilan) 16 november 2018
At #nagapattinam Jesus statue been vandalized by #GajaCyclone and totally heavy damages over #Vedaranyam, more than 86k people been evacuated from their home to stay in camp... pic.twitter.com/INxIkSnp4T
#CYCLONE #GAJA— johnjoseph t (@johnnythomas19) 16 november 2018
HATS OFF TO TAMILNADU GOVT
FOR HAVING MADE ELABORATE SAFETY MEASURES TO AVOID HUMAN LOSS AS WELL AS CATTLE.#MINISTERS WERE ALSO PRESENT ON THE SPOT ALONG WITH OFFICIALS. ???? pic.twitter.com/dFBHKdVnfW
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