After a brief lull, parts of Tamil Nadu received moderate to heavy rainfall Wednesday from the northeast monsoon. The weather agency predicted heavy rainfall in the state and Puducherry until November 1.
Chennai and neighbouring districts of Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur, Ramanathapuram, Madurai, Dindigul, Theni, Kumbakonam, Vellore, Sivagangai, Thoothukudi and Nellai received heavy rainfall this morning.
In Chennai, Erambur, Marina Beach, Pattinapakkam, Mylapore, Tiruvallikeni, Chennai Central, Santhome, Porur, Valasaravakkam, Ashok Nagar, Ekkatuthangal, Guindy and Meenambakkam received heavy rainfall since dawn.
According to the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Chennai, 20 districts in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are likely to receive heavy rainfall for the next two days due to the movement of a low pressure area at sea.
The RMC has issued a warning of heavy rainfall to Madurai, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, Ramanathapuram, Virudhunagar, Tiruchirappalli, Tiruvallur, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Cuddalore, Pudukottai, Kancheepuram, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Theni, Coimbatore, Dindigul, Nilgiris, Puducherry and Karaikal districts.
District collectors of Dindigul, Madurai, Virudhunagar, Theni and Ramanathapuram declared a holiday for schools today, while in Kodaikanal, Sivagangai, Nellai, Thoothukudi and Vellore both schools and colleges remained closed.
The government announced that schools and colleges in Chennai and neighbouring districts of Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram will continue to function as usual despite heavy rainfall in some parts.
The weather agency has advised fishermen along the coasts of Kanyakumari, Gulf of Mannar and Kerala not to venture into sea for the next two days. In Kanyakumari, wind speeds are likely to touch 50-60 kmph today. The ferry service to Thiruvalluvar statue and Vivekananda Rock in Kanyakumari were halted due to the weather.
Likewise, tourist spots in Kodaikanal, including Bryant Park and Boat House, were closed following heavy rainfall in the region. Courtallam waterfalls, a major tourism hotspot in Nellai was also shut after heavy rainfall resulted in floods.
Motorists have been cautioned to drive slowly on the roads in the wake of heavy rainfall in the state.