Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens: Cyclone Gaja in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, November 14, 2018

United States Consulate General Chennai, India
Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens:
Cyclone Gaja in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry
(November 14, 2018)

  Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, India

Event:  Cyclone Gaja is predicted to cross the Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore November 15.  High winds are expected along and off the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, with gusts up to 100 kmph.  A storm surge of approximately one meter is forecast to inundate low lying areas of the Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, and Ramanathapuram districts of Tamil Nadu and the Karaikal district of Puducherry at the time of the cyclone’s landfall.

During the monsoon season, and in the event of storms and cyclones, you should monitor weather reports for the latest information on local weather forecasts and trends.  Be prepared before a storm or a flood, know how to stay safe during an event, and know how to use caution afterwards.

Actions to Take

  • Seek secure shelter.
  • Be prepared to shelter in place until conditions improve.
  • Make contingency plans to leave.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Notify friends and family of your safety.
  • Monitor local media for weather updates.
  • Follow directions of local authorities.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.

Additional Information

  • Recent cyclone alerts can be found here, and the website for the India Meteorological Division is available here.


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