India issues cyclone warning along southeast coast

AP News
Posted: Dec 30, 2011 1:13 AM
India issues cyclone warning along southeast coast

India's weather office has warned residents along parts of the country's southeastern coast that Cyclone Thane is likely to cause heavy rains and gale-force winds.

The India Meteorological Department said Friday morning that Thane is centered in the Indian Ocean, 22 miles (35 kilometers) southwest of the town of Pondicherry, also known as Pudducherry.

The weather office said it was likely the storm would weaken and move westwards.

It warns of heavy rains and winds of speeds reaching 70 miles (110 kilometers) an hour until noon Friday before slowing down.

The seas are expected to be very rough along the coast of Pondicherry and its neighboring areas of southern Andhra Pradesh and the northern coast of Tamil Nadu. Fishermen have been warned not to venture out.