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December 12, 2009

Cyclone to lash Tamil Nadu coast on December 14

     Washington: A tropical storm moving towards Indian southeastern coast is feared to make landfall in the state of Tamil Nadu by December 14, according to a meteorological forecast. Residents along the coast in the state have been advised to make preparations. Some cities that may be affected by heavy rain and gusty winds include Chennai, Thanjavur, Mahabalipuram, Chengalpattu, Maraimalai Nagar, Mudichur, Madhurantakam and others in the region. The reports said that tropical Cyclone 05B has formed out of System 96B in the Northern Indian Ocean and is forecast to approach southeastern India by December 13 and make landfall south of Chennai on December 14. On December 11, Tropical Storm 05B had maximum sustained winds near 40 mph. It was located about 370 nautical miles southeast of Chennai, India, near 9.3 North latitude and 85.1 East longitude. It was moving north-northeast near 7mph, but is expected to gradually turn west and head for landfall. Currently, the Tropical Storm 05B is in an area of low wind shear, so it can continue to intensify. The only thing currently in 05B's path is a strong zonal jet stream over central India, but forecasters expect that to lift north in the next two days, and that means 05B can strengthen. That is, Tropical Storm 05B is projected to turn west in the Bay of Bengal and make landfall in the state of Tamil Nadu by December 14.
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