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Monday, 12 December 2016 - 14:06
Cyclone Vardah headed for landfall, thousands evacuated in Tamil Nadu, Andhra
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Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh evacuated thousands of people from coastal areas and shut down educational institutions on Monday as a “very severe” cyclonic storm packing windspeed up to 120km per hour headed for landfall close to Chennai.

Ahead of Cyclone Vardah’s landfall, heavy rains pounded the entire north coastal Tamil Nadu and Nellore in southern Andhra Pradesh while waves as high as 20 feet lashed the coast.

Met officials said Cyclone Vardah – which means red rose -- has gained in speed and intensity on its journey across the Bay of Bengal, belying predictions it would weaken considerably.
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