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Cyclone Thane hits India's southern coast
Published in Saudi Press Agency on 30 - 12 - 2011

Cyclone Thane, packing winds of 140 kilometres
per hour, made landfall on India's southern coast Friday, uprooting
trees and power lines, officials said, according to dpa.
The storm over the Bay of Bengal hit the shore between Cuddalore
in Tamil Nadu and the federally administered territory of Pondicherry
Friday morning, the Indian Meterological Department said.
Thane was likely to weaken a few hours after making landfall in
the region, about 180 kilometres south of the Tamil Nadu state
capital, Chennai.
Pondicherry was cut off from neighbouring areas as winds felled
trees onto highways, the NDTV network reported.
Deaths had yet to be reported.
Waves measuring 1.5 metres were hitting the shore, and fishermen
had been advised not to venture into the rough sea.
Local agencies were on high alert, and train operations in the
region were suspended. People living in low-lying areas were
evacuated to 49 cyclone shelters, the report said.
The Meterological Department said there would be "heavy to very
heavy" rain accompanied by fierce winds in parts of Tamil Nadu,
Pondicherry, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala until Saturday
Cyclones often form over the Bay of Bengal, bringing widespread
destruction and flooding on India's southern and eastern coasts.
Last year, 27 people were killed when Andhra Pradesh was battered
by Cyclone Laila. More than 1,600 people were killed in a similar
storm in Andhra Pradesh in November 1996.

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