Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – The severe cyclonic storm ‘Thane’ with a core of hurricane wind over southwest Bay and adjoining area moved westwards and crossed the coast of Tamil Nadu of India.

It now lies over very close to Puducherry, a special bulletin of the Bangladesh Metrological Department said, adding that it is likely to move in a westerly direction and weaken gradually by giving precipitation.

Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Mongla have been advised to lower signals.

BBN/SSR/AD-30DEc11-4:09 pm (BST)