Weather in Chennai Highlights (December 10): Cyclonic storm Mandous, which crossed the coast at Mamallapuram near here, has weakened into a deep depression but the weather system impacted the city and its neighbourhoods, uprooting a number of trees. Around 400 trees fell in the city under the impact of 70 kmph wind speed when the weather system crossed the coast in the intervening night of December 9 and 10, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin said. Four persons were killed, he said without elaborating, news agency PTI reported. Civic agencies, including the Greater Chennai Corporation here, were involved in removing the fallen trees.
The cyclone weakened into a deep depression in the early hours of Saturday, and lay centred 55 km north-northwest of Mahabalipuram and about 40 km west-southwest of Chennai. It will further weaken into a depression by this afternoon. Light to moderate rainfall is predicted in most places, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places across north interior Tamil Nadu.
A holiday has been declared on Saturday for schools and colleges in Chennai, and other districts including Vellore, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Ranipet, Tiruvallur, Chengalpattu, and Kancheepuram due to rain forecast. As many as 16,000 police personnel and 1,500 Home guards have been deployed in the state for security, relief and rescue tasks, and a 40-member team of the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Response Force, in addition to 12 District Disaster Response Force teams, are on standby, the police said. Nearly 400 personnel of the NDRF and State Disaster Response Force teams have been stationed in coastal regions, including near the Cauvery delta area.