The India Meteorological Department said the deep depression over the Gulf of Mannar close to Ramanathapuram district’s coast remained practically stationary for 18 hours and then weakened into a depression.
“The depression is likely to remain practically stationary over the same (Ramanathapuram) region and weaken into a well-marked low pressure area during the next 12 hours (by early Saturday),” the latest bulletin said.
While there was widespread rainfall covering many parts of the State, several regions reported heavy to extremely heavy rains, including Kollidam (36 cm,Nagapattinam district), Chidambaram (34 cm, Cuddalore). Over two dozen areas received between 10 and 28 cm rain.
Rescue personnel evacuated people marooned in flooded areas of Cuddalore district and brought them to shelters.
Ramanathapuram and Tirukovilur (Kallakurichi district) in southern and northern Tamil Nadu were among the regions that received 7 cm rainfall.
While Chennai received moderate rains, nearby Madurantakam recorded 10 cm.