Tamil Nadu: A cyclonic storm is expected to hit the Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coast soon.
The low-pressure area near the Bay of Bengal is well-marked and is 'very likely' to intensify into a cyclonic storm and move towards Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD)
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has sent six teams to Cuddalore and Chidambaram.
It is speculated that the low-pressure area is likely to concentrate into a deep depression and intensify into a cyclonic storm, cross Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coasts on November 25.
The IMD said that the 'very severe' cyclonic storm 'Gati' over the southwest Arabian Sea moved westwards.
Sea condition would be rough and wind speed is likely to gradually increase along the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts around the region of rainfall. These places will witness rainfall with heavy to very heavy showers at few places and extremely heavy rains at isolated places under the influence of the cyclonic storm.
It is believed that the rainfall activity is likely to increase in the South Peninsular region from November 23 onwards.
IMD Bulletin says the south coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema and Telangana are also to receive rainfall from November 25 to 26.
Meanwhile, fishermen have been instructed to avoid contact with the sea for some time and wait for the weather to return to normal condition. The fishermen who are already out for fishing have been advised by the local authorities to return as soon as possible.