High tidal waves reaching up to a height of three metres were reported in the coastal areas of north Chennai on Thursday, triggering panic among the fishing community, while the weather office said the phenomenon was due to a "severe cyclonic storm" formed over the Bay of Bengal. As many as 10 huts at Appar Nagar, a fishing hamlet at Tiruvottiyur, were washed away by surging waves, while sea water entered about 200 houses, forcing residents to flee for safety. Nearly 14 fishing villages in Ennore, Tiruvottiyur, Kasimedu and Ernavur areas have been affected by the tidal waves. Fishermen stayed away from venturing into sea in view of the adverse weather condition. Fishermen said they HAD NOT SEEN SUCH FEROCIOUS WAVES IN THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. "Not even when tsunami struck in 2004." The State Fisheries Minister and other officials rushed to the spot and studied the situation. Weather Office sources said alerts had been received from floating stations of the National Institute of Ocean Technology about high tidal waves due to the cyclonic storm brewing over the Bay and heading towards the north.
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