Red alert issued for TN heavy rains predicted

Cyclone Maha to bring rains to TN in next 48 hours

Tamil Nadu is set to get more widespread rains over the next 48 hours due to Cyclone Maha which is brewing over the Lakshadweep area in the Arabian Sea, The effect was already felt on Wednesday, when Chennai witnessed rains through the day.

Deep depression over Lakshadweep and adjoining southeast Arabian sea and Maldives area moved northwestwards with a speed of 25 kmph during past six hours and intensified into Cyclonic storm Maha.

Cyclone Maha was located 10.6N 73.5E over Lakshadweep and adjoining area on Wednesday night. Maha continues to move northwestward across Lakshadweep Islands. It is forecast to intensify into a Cyclonic Storm, and later intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm.

Although, light to moderate spells with isolated heavy rains are likely to occur for another 24 hours over the state. Thereafter, a significant decrease in rain activities is likely due to the northwest movement of Cyclone Maha. Wind speed will also start subsiding after 24 hours.

Revenue Minister RB Udhayakumar on Thursday said that cyclone Maha will not have an adverse impact on the State and will bring bountiful rains to almost all districts. He said that the government is ready to face any eventuality, if the situation warrants.

Speaking to reporters, he said, “In the first phase, the rainfall was average and now Maha has intensified. Since satellite image have shown that it is moving towards Oman, it will not have any adverse impact on the State.”

S Balachandran, Deputy Director General of the meteorology of Regional Meteorological Centre, Chennai said that peak rainfall activity would be witnessed in Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Ramanathapuram, Virudhunagar, Madurai, Sivagangai, Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Tiruchirapalli, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Tiruvannamalai, Kanchipuram, Tiruvallur, Vellore, Coimbatore, Theni, Nilgiris and Dindigul districts. Heavy to very heavy rainfall warning has been issued and fishermen have been warned against venturing out to sea.