With cyclone Vardah expected to make landfall between Chennai and Ongole in Andhra Pradesh on Monday, the Tamil Nadu government has issued an advisory to private firms to permit their staff to avail holiday or work from home. The government also announced a holiday for schools and colleges in Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts Monday.
The Labour and Employment Secretary’s advisory followed alerts of various agencies on the possible impact of Vardah. The cyclone is expected to bring heavy rainfall in the northern coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai.
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The meteorological office in Chennai said the weather system has already intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm. It was located 480 km from Chennai on Sunday evening. It is expected to cross the Andhra coast, between Chennai and Ongole, Monday evening.
Met officials said Chennai and neighbouring areas would receive heavy to very heavy rainfall from Sunday evening. Fishermen in north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra coast have been advised not to venture into the sea. Strong winds of 40-50 kmph are expected along the coast and the wind speed may increase to 70-80 kmph at the time of landfall.