Chennai Weather Highlights: Traffic signals stop working, RMC predicts rainfall for next 24 hours

Chennai Weather Highlights: Traffic signals stop working, RMC predicts rainfall for next 24 hours

Catch the latest news in Tamil Nadu and Chennai as we bring you live updates on Northeast monsoon in Chennai and Tamil Nadu.

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School children were forced to walk along waterlogged roads enroute school. Express Photo: Srinivas K

People in Tamil Nadu woke up to a rainy morning on Thursday as the northeast monsoon commenced in Tamil Nadu on October 17.

Parts of Chennai received moderate to heavy showers, accompanied by thunderstorms early in the morning.

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) has announced that parts of Tamil Nadu will continue to receive rainfall throughout the day. Chennai Collector Sithalakshmi announced that schools will continue to function as usual on Thursday.

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City records 5 cm of rainfall

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) announced that Chennai received 5 cm of rainfall durinng the northeast monsoon showers which early Thursday morning and ended in the afternoon. Anna University and Tambaram recorded 5 cm of rainfall while North Chennai recorded 3 cm of rainfall. The Director General of Police (DGP) office in Chennai received 1  cm of rainfall on Thursday.

Light drizzles through the day accompany commute

Light showers throughout the day, left in the wake of the start of northeast monsoon in the state accompanied the morning commute for several citizens in Chennai on Thursday. 

RMC forecasts heavy rain in Chennai, neighbouring districts

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) has forecasted heavy rainfall in the city and parts of Tamil Nadu today. Chennai and neighbouring districts of Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Thoothukudi, Nilgiris and Nellai are expected to receive very heavy rainfall today. 

The RMC has also cautioned fishermen along the coastal areas in Kerala, Lakshadweep and Maldives against venturing out into the sea.

Traffic signals stop working in parts of Chennai

Following continuous showers in Chennai since morning, traffic signals in various parts of the city stopped working on Thursday, resulting in traffic snarls during the morning commute. The Greater Chennai Traffic Police (GCTP) later began manning junctions across the city and regulated traffic.

Persistent rainfall cause inconvenience to Chennai school students

Due to persistent rainfall, students in Chennai faced inconvenience during their daily commute to school. The regional metrological department has predicted that in the next 24 hours, many places in Chennai and coastal districts of Tamil Nadu will receive widespread rainfall.

Rains with breaks will continue in Chennai, says Tamil Nadu Weatherman

The city is expected to receive more rainfall in the upcoming days. Private weather blogger Pradeep John aka Tamil Nadu Weatherman in a post said, "Widespread rains in KTC, more bands of clouds converging well in SE of Chennai in Sea. Rains with breaks will continue in Chennai. Expecting more steady inflows into Chennai Water Supply lakes. Southern, Western TN and Delta have rocked too. What a start to NEM in the last 2 days, a simple easterly wave doing wonders."

Water enters inside households in Chennai

Water entered inside households at Ayanapakkam in Chennai after a canal broke open following heavy rainfall in the morning. Residents alleged that civic officials had not taken any action to prevent the incident.

Traffic jams disrupt morning commute

Owing to continuous rainfall in Chennai since morning, commuters within the city found themselves stuck in traffic jams as traffic movement across the city was brought to a snail's pace. 

Traffic outside Chennai International Airport was gridlocked in the morning. Express Photo: Janardhan Koushik

Regional Meteorological Centre records 43 mm of rain

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) at Nungambakkam in Chennai recorded 43 mm of rainfall in the city over the last 21 hours, following the start of northeast monsoon in the State.

Fishermen in Kanyakumari give fishing a miss for the day

Following heavy rainfall in areas along the coast in Kanyakumari district, over 1000 fishermen residing in the district did not venture out into the sea on Thursday morning. 

Water enters inside households in Thiruvannamalai

Water entered into households situated along Puravazhi Salai in Thiruvannamalai district in the morning following heavy rainfall in the district. Over 50 houses situated along the stretch were waterlogged.

Waterlogging likely in parts of the city

With Chennai expected to receive heavy rainfall throughout the day, waterlogging is likely to happen in major roads across the city. Motorists have been cautioned to drive safely.

Parts of the city receive heavy rainfall

With the northeast monsoon having commenced in Chennai from today, parts of the city received heavy showers early Thursday morning. Guindy, Ekkaduthangal, T Nagar, Anna Nagar, Tiruvallikeni, Chennai International Airport, Pallavaram, Anakaputthur, Perungalathur, Chromepet, Tambaram and Vandalur received heavy rainfall in the morning.

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Northeast monsoon commenced in the southern peninsular region on October 17.

With the southwest monsoon having withdrawn, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the northeast monsoon is all set to make an onset over southern peninsular India on October 17.

READ | Northeast monsoon onset on Oct 17: IMD

With the withdrawal of the southwest monsoon severely delayed, this means that the southern peninsula will have little respite from rainfall activity. Even though the delayed exit of the southwest monsoon has not interfered with the onset of northeast monsoon so far, rainfall activity shall continue over the southern states, IMD officials, noted.