Red alert issued for TN heavy rains predicted

Rains lash many parts of TN; schools, colleges to remain shut

Amid forecast of heavy rainfall in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, educational institutions in many districts of the two States have been shut for today. The examinations of Madras University and Anna University have also been postponed.

Chennai has been receiving heavy rain since Saturday and the weather department has predicted moderate to heavy rainfall on Monday too.
Several areas are water-logged. Schools and colleges will be also shut today in Tuticorin.

“Due to low atmospheric pressure, there will be heavy and moderate rain in Chennai and widespread rain in coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, due to a cyclonic circulation near Comorin on the Indian Ocean,” an India Meteorological Department official said.

Speaking to reporters, Director of area cyclone-warning Centre, Regional Meteorological Centre, N Puviarasan said that the presence of an upper air circulation caused heavy to very heavy rains.

“In the last 24 hours ending 8.30 am on Sunday, Sathankulam in Tuticorin district recorded maximum of 19 cm of rainfall followed by Cuddalore 17 cm, Tirunelveli 15 cm, Kancheepuram 13 cm, ” he said.

The heavy and very heavy rainfall is also expected to extend upto Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Thiruppur and Erode that form the western districts of Tamil Nadu. Thunderstorm with lightning is likely to continue in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal .

Squally weather with wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph is likely to prevail over Comorin, Maldives and adjoining Lakshadweep area and therefore fishermen have been advised not to venture out into the sea.

Five people lost their lives due to rain-related incidents across the state on Sunday, while holiday was declared to schools in seven districts — Chennai, Chengalpattu, Tiruvallur, Cuddalore, Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi and Kanchipuram.