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Chennai Weather News Highlights: Four killed in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu; strong winds, heavy downpour continues in Chennai

Chennai Cyclone Weather Highlights: Cyclone Mandous 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.

By: Express Web Desk
Chennai | Updated: December 11, 2022 07:32 IST
Chennai: A man walks through a waterlogged area after the landfall of Cyclone Mandous, at Marina beach in Chennai, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. (PTI Photo/R Senthilkumar)

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.

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Chennai Weather Forecast, Cyclone Mandous Highlights: Cyclone Mandous brings heavy rains, squally winds to Tamil Nadu; holiday declared for schools, colleges in Chennai, 15 districts; Follow updates here.

21:43 (IST)10 Dec 2022
Mandous dissipates, no large scale damage in Tamil Nadu

Relatively a lesser degree of damage, including those to houses marked the landfall of cyclonic storm Mandous in Tamil Nadu and at least four people were killed in rain-related incidents, authorities said here on Saturday.

'There is no damage on a large scale,' Chief Minister M K Stalin said after visiting affected fishing neighbourhoods here and distributing relief assistance to them. Tamil Nadu and particularly Chennai has 'come out of the impact of Mandous,' he said.

Stalin, answering a question, told reporters that estimation of loss was being done and if required Central assistance would be sought. Four persons were killed, he said, apparently referring to rain-related incidents. As many as 181 houses --hutments-- were damaged and information on other kinds of damage was being compiled. In 201 relief camps, 9,130 people belonging to 3,163 families are being sheltered. (PTI)

20:15 (IST)10 Dec 2022
Rivers overflow in several areas of Andhra Pradesh

Roads got submerged and traffic was disrupted, as rivers overflowed in several areas of the KVB Puram Mandal on Saturday due to heavy rainfall in the region following Cyclone Mandous. The areas that faced such overflow of rivers included Kovanur, Thimmasamudram, and Rajula Kandiga.

Earlier today, the KVB Puram Mandal in Andhra Pradesh's Tirupati district recorded the highest rainfall at 258mm due to Tropical Cyclone Mandous currently active in the Bay of Bengal region, said official sources. As per sources, the way from KVB Puram Mandal, under the Satyavedu constituency, towards the Srikalahasti is completely blocked due to heavy water flow from nearby ponds and lakes.

Along with Andhra Pradesh, Chennai and several other parts of Tamil Nadu, have witnessed heavy rain and strong winds as cyclonic storm Mandous crossed the states on Saturday after landfall, as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD). (PTI)

19:28 (IST)10 Dec 2022
Waterlogging damage food stalls at Marina beach in Chennai

Cyclone Mandous on Saturday caused waterlogging at the Marina beach in Chennai and damaged the food stalls.


17:42 (IST)10 Dec 2022
Wooden ramp built for disabled at Chennai’s Marina beach damaged days after inauguration

A recently built wooden ramp for the disabled at Chennai’s Marina beach was damaged by intense waves on account of cyclone Mandous Friday morning.

The 263-metre-long, 3-metre-wide ramp was constructed with a mix of several categories of wood, including Brazilian wood, at a cost of Rs 1.14 crore, according to officials. It was inaugurated by Chepauk MLA and Chief Minister MK Stalin’s son, Udhayanidhi Stalin. (Read more)

17:24 (IST)10 Dec 2022
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17:00 (IST)10 Dec 2022
Cyclone Mandous effect: Rains and cloudy skies in Bengaluru and neighbouring districts

Bengaluru is likely to witness light to moderate rains and cloudy skies until Sunday, due to the effect of cyclone Mandous, which crossed the coast in neighbouring Tamil Nadu. The city has been witnessing light to moderate rains since this morning.

"Generally cloudy sky. Light to moderate rain is very likely. Surface winds are likely to be strong at times. Mist is very likely during early morning hours in some areas. Maximum and minimum temperatures very likely to be around 24 and 19 Degrees Celsius respectively," India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast for the next 48 hours, issued earlier on Saturday said.

According to the Met department, rainfall occurred at a few places over South Interior Karnataka and at isolated places over Coastal and North Interior Karnataka. Forecasting light to moderate rain is very likely to occur at most places over South Interior Karnataka and at a few places over Coastal and North Interior Karnataka during the next 24 hours, a release said, heavy to very heavy rain very likely to occur at isolated places over Bengaluru Rural, Chitradurga, Mandya, Ramanagara and Tumkur districts. (PTI)

16:32 (IST)10 Dec 2022
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16:12 (IST)10 Dec 2022
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15:35 (IST)10 Dec 2022
Clearing fallen trees, fixing streetlights, Mosquito fogging: GCC relief work at full swing


The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) on Saturday initiated relief and maintenance work after the havoc casued by Cyclone Mandous in the city. The municipal body is taking all measures to clear the uprooted trees and fallen tree branches. 

"Power to street lights are cut and will be resumed after clearing the trees. Mosquito fogging activities are also done. Please contact us at 1913 for any help," GCC said in a tweet.

15:17 (IST)10 Dec 2022
Four killed in rain-related incidents: CM Stalin

Around 400 trees fell in the city, while four persons will killed by rain related incidents, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin said.Civic agencies, including the Greater Chennai Corporation here, were involved in removing the fallen trees.

Stalin, who reviewed the situation at Kasimedu area, told reporters that the government anticipated the situation and put in all preventive measures and could therefore prevent major damage.

"With advanced planning, this government proved any disaster can be managed," he said. (PTI)

13:26 (IST)10 Dec 2022
Over 200 people relocated to relief camps: GCC Commissioner

Greater Chennai Corporation Commission, Gangandeep Bedi, said that more than 200 people have been relocated to relief camps due to heavy rainfall caused by Cyclone Mandous, and around 9,000 people have been provided. 

12:02 (IST)10 Dec 2022
Severe waterlogging in parts of Chennai post Cyclone Mandous: In Pictures

11:21 (IST)10 Dec 2022
Cyclone Mandous approaching: Here is all you need to know

Tamil Nadu and neighbouring areas are bracing for heavy rainfall with cyclone Mandous expected to cross India’s coast between Puducherry and Sriharikota on the night of December 9, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Thursday.

The well-marked low-pressure area over southeast Bay of Bengal intensified into a depression on December 6 and it further intensified into a “deep depression” and lay about 750 km off Chennai as of Wednesday.

In its bulletin issued on Thursday, the IMD said the cyclone “is expected to move west-northwest and cross north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining South Andhra Pradesh coast between Puducherry and Sriharikota with a wind speed of 70 km per hour around midnight of December 9.” Read more

10:56 (IST)10 Dec 2022
Nearly 100 trees uprooted in Chennai

According to the city police, nearly 100 trees fell in different parts of the metro and 52 have been removed in coordination with its personnel. Power poles fell down in five locations and three had been cleared.

10:23 (IST)10 Dec 2022
Cyclone Mandous crosses Tamil Nadu coast: Top developments

Cyclone Mandous, which emerged from the Bay of Bengal, made landfall in Mamallapuram, 30 km from Chennai, on Friday night, resulting in heavy rainfall and squally winds in parts of coastal Tamil Nadu. The cyclone crossed the coast between Puducherry and Sriharikota at around 1.30 am, before weakening into a deep depression. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted light to moderate rainfall across the state today, and heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places across north interior Tamil Nadu. Here are the top developments so far

10:14 (IST)10 Dec 2022
Vehicular traffic in Marina beach resumes: Chennai Police

Vehicular traffic, which has been suspended on the Kamarajar Salai off Marina beach, has been resumed, the Greater Chennai Police said. Subways did not suffer waterlogging.

10:01 (IST)10 Dec 2022
Watch | High-speed wind in Chennai post Cyclone Mandous
09:56 (IST)10 Dec 2022
Vandalur Zoo closed for public today

Due to heavy rains caused by Cyclone Mandous, the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur will remain closed to visitors on Saturday. 

09:51 (IST)10 Dec 2022
No major damaged, 9,000 people lodged in 205 relief centres: KKSSR Ramachandran

Tamil Nadu Revenue and Disaster Management Minister K K S S R Ramachandran on Saturday said there was no major damage caused by heavy rains due to Cyclone Mandous. Over 9,000 persons have been lodged in 205 relief centers, he said.

Cyclone Mandous: What is a cyclone?

A cyclone is a low pressure system that forms over warm waters. Essentially, it is a system of high speed winds rotating around a low-pressure area, with the winds blowing counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.

According to the World Meteorological Organization, “Tropical cyclones are one of the biggest threats to life and property even in the formative stages of their development. They include a number of different hazards that can individually cause significant impacts on life and property, such as storm surge, flooding, extreme winds, tornadoes and lighting. Combined, these hazards interact with one another and substantially increase the potential for loss of life and material damage.”

How are cyclones named?

Cyclones that form in every ocean basin across the world are named by the regional specialised meteorological centres (RSMCs) and Tropical Cyclone Warning Centres (TCWCs). There are six RSMCs in the world, including the India Meteorological Department (IMD), and five TCWCs.

As an RSMC, the IMD names the cyclones developing over the north Indian Ocean, including the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea, after following a standard procedure. The IMD is also mandated to issue advisories to 12 other countries in the region on the development of cyclones and storms.

Which ocean in India sees more storms?

The months of October-November and May-June see storms of severe intensity develop in the North Indian Ocean — comprising the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea — with an average of five developing in a calendar year. According to the IMD, of these five storms, four are in the Bay of Bengal and one in Arabian Sea.

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First published on: 07-12-2022 at 08:59 IST
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