Cyclone Gaja is heading swiftly towards Tamil Nadu (TN) and might cross the coast between Cuddalore and Pamba, by this afternoon. Under its effect, heavy rains accompanied by gales at a speed of 70-100 kmph are expected in Tamil Nadu and South Coastal Andhra Pradesh (AP). High Alert has been sounded in seven districts of TN. All educational institutions have been closed. The government machinery in both the states of TN and AP have geared up to braze the cyclone. Teams of National Disaster Relief Forces (NDRF) have already been deployed.