Chennai and its neighboring districts in Tamil Nadu continue to grapple with relentless heavy rainfall, leading to waterlogging and traffic disruptions. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forewarned of further downpours, particularly along the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu, from December 1 to 4.
As of Thursday, the Met Department anticipates rain, thunderstorms, and lightning in Chennai and surrounding districts, including Chengalpattu, Thiruvallur, Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, and Kanchipuram. Despite the challenging weather conditions, no school closures have been declared for Friday, following the shutdown of educational institutions on Thursday.
A flood warning has been issued for low-lying areas and six villages along the Adyar River in Kanchipuram district due to the release of water from the Chembarambakkam lake.
Puzhal Lake in Chennai, also known as the Red Hills lake, has reached full capacity due to continuous rainfall over the past few weeks, leading to the release of approximately 389 cusecs of water on Thursday.
The IMD`s latest bulletin reports a well-marked low-pressure area over the southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining south Andaman Sea. This system is expected to intensify into a cyclonic storm around December 3, moving northwestwards and reaching the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh on December 4.
The IMD has issued an orange alert for coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal from December 2 to 4. Additionally, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam are placed under alert for December 3 and 4. Rayalaseema in Andhra Pradesh also receives a similar warning for December 4.
Residents are advised to stay vigilant and take necessary precautions in the face of potential flooding and adverse weather conditions. Authorities are closely monitoring water levels in lakes and rivers, and precautionary measures are being implemented to mitigate the impact of the impending cyclonic storm.
The heavy rainfall forecast extends beyond Tamil Nadu, with Kerala, Mahe, Puducherry, and Karaikal also expecting significant precipitation.
As the situation unfolds, it is imperative for residents and authorities alike to stay informed and prepared for the evolving weather conditions. The IMD`s ongoing monitoring willll provide crucial updates to ensure the safety of communities in the affected regions.