High Energy waves to hit Tamil Nadu


A high alert has been sounded for fishermen and coastal population as high energy swell waves are likely to hit the southern coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, especially Kanyakumari and Ramanathapuram, as per the latest multi-model based operational wave forecasting system of the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS).

INCOIS officials said it was unlike the usual wave event that is normally experienced during cyclones. “In the present case, the swell waves come from very far off areas in the southern ocean. There is a high wave period and the waves are very energetic. It will cause an unpleasant situation like an inundation of low-lying areas. We explicitly make it clear that this is not anything like a tsunami but will cause flooding in low lying areas,” said a senior scientist.

As per the reports, the sea would turn rough near the shore and the low-lying areas would experience the overflow periodically from 8.30 am. on Saturday to 11.30 pm on Sunday due to the high swell waves. The waves could surge up to a height of 11.5 feet.

The Tamil Nadu government buckled up to warn the inhabitants of Southern Coastal districts.

Ramanathapuram collector S Natarajan beseeched the public to avoid taking bath in the sea at Arichalmunai, Dhanushkodi, and Agnitheertham in Rameswaram.

The Kanyakumari district administration has admonished tourists to avoid playing on the shores as well. Apparently, boating was suspended in Kanya Kumari for this weekend.

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