Cyclone Phethai forming over Bay of Bengal, heavy rains predicted for AP, TN

More rains predicted due to low pressure, 120 fishermen missing

With rains continuing to lash several parts of Tamil Nadu including Chennai, isolated places in the State and Puducherry are likely to receive heavy to very heavy rains for two days, thanks to a new low pressure.

According to Met officials, the low pressure in the coast along Kanyakumari turned into low depression zone, due to which the wind will blow at the rate of 50-60 km.

Television reports stated that 120 fishermen from Kannyakumari have gone missing and their relatives have asked the State government to take measures to rescue them.

As per the regional meteorological centre’s 48-hour forecast for Chennai, “The sky condition is likely to be generally cloudy. Light to moderate rain / thundershower is likely to occur in some areas. Maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 33°C and 26°C.”

According to IMD’s regional inference said the well marked low pressure is likely to intensify into a depression over Lakshadweep-Maldives areas and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea during the next 24 hours. It is likely to move northwestwards across Lakshadweep Islands and intensify into deep depression during subsequent 24 hours.

The government announced a holiday for schools in eight districts following heavy rainfall in the State. Schools in the districts of Madurai, Virudhunagar, Theni and Ramanathapuram and both schools and colleges in Sivagangai, Nellai, Thoothukudi and Vellore declared a holiday on Wednesday.

Already, Tamil Nadu has been receiving moderate to heavy rains for the last three days due to the prevailing weather system. While Thoothukudi recorded 71 mm, Karaikal 44 mm, Parangipettai 54 mm, Kodaikanal 80 mm and Madurai recorded 35 mm rains. In fact, Chennai has also received good rains  in the last 24 hours.