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Cyclone Varadh to hit north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh; normal life in Chennai disrupted
Severe cyclonic storm 'Vardah' is likely to hit north Tamil Nadu and south Andra Pradesh soon. Both the coastal states have put in place a number of measures to deal with it. Cyclone Vardah is likely to hit land near Pulicat, around 60 km from Chennai, with wind speeds of around 80 to 100 km an hour.
The Regional Meteorological Centre said Vardah lay centred at 330 kilometres east of Chennai at 14:30 hours on Sunday and would move westwards before making landfall between north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts Tuesday afternoon. Under its impact, rains will start tonight and gradually increase tomorrow in the northern districts of Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram.

Amid the signs of heavy rain and strong winds along the state's coast, 15 flights were cancelled, 25 flights were diverted; 9 incoming flights delayed at the Chennai Airport. All schools and colleges have been closed in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur, besides coastal areas of Villupuram. The Tamil Nadu Government has also asked private offices to allow their staff to take a day off or work from home.

Due to heavy rains and gusty winds power supply has been suspended in many parts of the state as a precautionary measure. The Navy and the National Disaster Response Force are on standby in both the states.

A statement from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam's office read, "Arrangements to be made for evacuating people in low lying and vulnerable areas. Relief centres to be kept in readiness along with necessary food, water and other arrangements. Army, Navy, Air-force and Coast Guard have been alerted to be on standby for deployment as and when necessary."

National Disaster Management Authority, in a tweet, advised people not to panic and remain in safe places.

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