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Cyclone Vardah likely to cross TN, AP today

Cyclone Vardah is centered over west central and adjoining southewest Bay of Bengal at about 180 km east north east of Chennai and 250 km east southeast of Nellore.

The latest bulletin released by the Meteorological Department says the system is likely to move nearly west wards and weaken gradually while moving towards north Tamil Nnadu and adjoining south Andhra coast and is likely to cross the coasts, close to Chennai as a cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 80 to 90 kmph to 100 kmph by today afternoon.

At the time of the landfall, squally wind warning has been predicted for Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Nellore districts of Andhra Pradesh.

The post landfall outlook bulletin says that the system is likely to maintain its intensity for six hours and weaken gradually. Heavy to very heavy rainfall will continue for the next hours after the landfall causing inundation.

Gale winds will continue at a speed of 75 kmph for the next 24 hours. Rains have been predicted for Vellore, Thiruvannamalai, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Salem and Namakkal districts Trains to Sullurpettah have been totally cancelled for today.

Some trains leaving to Vijayawada and Nellore from Chennai central have been cancelled for the day.

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