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Schools Shut, Navy on Alert as Cyclone Bears Down on South India

Indian authorities closed schools and colleges on Monday and prepared to move people out of low-lying areas as a cyclone bore down on the southeast coast. Cyclone Vardah is moving westwards over the Bay of Bengal and is expected to hit the city of Chennai and neighboring areas Tamil Nadu state within the next few hours, the Indian Meteorological Department said. Rain began battering the densely populated coast ahead of the storm's landfall. Vardah is forecast to weaken gradually...

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