The regional meteorological center predicts heavy rains and strong winds in the Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur, and Cuddalore districts as a cyclone named “Nivar” moves at a considerable speed towards the Tamil Nadu coast. It can intensify into a cyclone storm during the next 24 hours.
Fishermen have already been advised not to venture into the sea. Given the turbulent weather forecast, here’s a list of what you can expect and what you should and shouldn’t do to stay safe and protected.
What can you expect from people in the path of Cyclone Nivar?
- A strong wind of 90 to 110 km / h blows at the time of landing
- Telecommunications lines and power interruptions due to strong winds
- Disconnection of internet, satellite TV and mobile phone services
- Temporary disruption of rail and air travel
- Heavy to heavy rain with squall winds at landing (up to 2 hours for a storm to cross the area)
- Significant damage to thatched-roof houses, houses with asbestos sheets, and canned roofs
- Removal of roofs and temporary housing.
- Inundation of parking spaces, lowlands and fields
- Leads to wet walls, roof leaks, broken window glass plates, and small pieces of glass
- Storm surges can bring salt water to the farm
- Tree rooting and weak branch felling that can cause road closures
Here is the list of Do
- Loose things outside your home should be tied up or moved indoors
- Turn off the gas supply and electrical mains when the cyclones are crossing
- Charge your mobile phone (to ensure connectivity), power bank, and emergency lights
- Listen to the radio, watch TV, read the newspaper and get the latest weather information
- Please keep documents and valuables (jewelry etc.) in a plastic bag or waterproof container.
- Regularly inspect battery-powered standby power systems such as inverters
- Power off all non-urgent equipment and tools
- Store drinking water (in a clean place) and drink only chlorinated or boiling water
- Prepare an emergency kit containing essential items for safety and survival, including medical supplies and first aid kits
- Protect pets, cows and other animals
- If your home is unsafe, move yourself to a pre-determined location or an administrator-determined location
- Keep away from windows.Close some windows and keep some open so that pressure is maintained
- Check for air leaks. If you smell gas or hear leaks, open the windows immediately and leave the house.If possible, turn off the gas valve and report to the authorities
- Help people with special needs, such as the elderly, children, disabled people, and neighbors
- Fishermen need to keep their boats and rafts tied in a safe place.They also need to have a radio set with a spare battery on hand
- Have essential medicines ready in case you cannot go to the pharmacy during the cyclone.
Here is a list of prohibited items
Do not spread or believe rumors.Calm down and don’t panic
- Do not ride or drive in a vehicle during the cyclone
- Avoid damaged buildings
- Don’t leave sharp things loose in the house
- Do not move the injured unless it is safe.It can cause more harm
- Do not spill oil or other flammable substances.Please clean immediately
- If you are outdoors, keep away from broken wires, poles and other sharp objects
- Fishermen should stay away from the sea
For emergency medical dial 1066
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