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Tamil Nadu rains: Bay of Bengal depression behind heavy showers starts crossing coast

Tamil Nadu rains: From 1:15 pm to 6 pm, Chennai airport suspended arrivals due to the inclement weather, but allowed departures to continue. It said the decision was taken "considering the safety aspect of passengers and severity of wind".

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: November 11, 2021 9:40:17 pm
Tamil nadu weatherman, tamil nadu weather, tamil news live, tamil nadu weather report today, Chennai weather, chennai news, chennai weather forecast, chennai rain twitter, chennai rain todayA waterlogged street on Perambur Barracks Road in Chennai. (Express photo)

A depression over Bay of Bengal, which has been causing heavy rains in parts of Tamil Nadu, has now started crossing the Chennai coast, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD). “The depression has started crossing coast. During the past six hours, it has moved with a speed of 16 km per hour and the landfall process will continue for the next two hours,” Deputy Director General of Meteorology, S Balachandran said.

A red alert –indicating extremely heavy rainfall– sounded to Chennai, has now been withdrawn, Balachandran added.

Earlier in a bulletin, the IMD said the weather system was moving west-northwestwards at a speed of 14 kmph and was likely to cross north Tamil Nadu and adjoining Andhra Pradesh coasts between Karaikal and Sriharikota, close to the north of Puducherry, by Thursday evening.

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The weather department has predicted “light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places” over north coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, north interior Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu rains: The weather system will cross the coast Thursday evening. (Source: IMD)

It has also said south interior Karnataka and north coastal Andhra Pradesh will receive heavy rainfall at isolated places.

As a precautionary measure, the government has declared a holiday for schools and colleges on Thursday.

The rains are likely to continue on Friday as well, the IMD said.

In the 24 hours ending 2.30 am Thursday, several parts of Chennai witnessed significant rainfall. Data released showed the Nungambakkam observatory recorded 114.5 mm rainfall, while Meenambakkam recorded 82 mm.

And in other parts of the city, the data read: Ennore port (124 mm), Cheyyur (72.5mm), Villivakkam (89.5 mm), MRC Nagar (115.5 mm),Taramani (103 mm), Kattapakkam (74.5 mm), West Tambaram (72.0 mm), Satyabama University (90.0 mm), Tirur (67 mm) and ACS Medical College (94.5 mm).

Several roads in Chennai were inundated on Thursday. The traffic police closed at least seven roads and 11 subways, and created diversions across the city for commuters. Due to waterlogging on rail tracks, suburban trains on Chennai Central-Tiruvallur route were suspended while those on Gumidpoondi route between Tiruvottiyur and Korukkupet were delayed.

From 1:15 pm to 6 pm, Chennai airport suspended arrivals due to the inclement weather, but allowed departures to continue. It said the decision was taken “considering the safety aspect of passengers and severity of wind”.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu has recorded rainfall 52 per cent above normal in its monsoon season. Reservoirs across the state are inching towards full storage; 53 of the 90 key reservoirs crossed 76 per cent storage on Wednesday. “Of the 90 key reservoirs in Tamil Nadu, storage level in 53 such facilities has gone above 76 per cent. Out of the 14,138 lakes, storage in 9,153 waterbodies has crossed 50 per cent and 3,691 lakes have crossed 100 per cent,” a government release said, according to news agency PTI.

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