Tuesday , December 6 2016

Heavy rains lash Chennai as Cyclone Nada set to make early landfall

Heavy rains hit Chennai on Thursday afternoon as many parts of Tamil Nadu were put on high alert following a threat of Cyclone Nada making a landfall later in the day.

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Light to moderate rainfall is expected over many places in the state, with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall in coastal areas.

Cyclone Nada will make a landfall at the Cuddalore tonight, as against the earlier prediction of Friday morning.

Chennai: Heavy rains hits Chennai on Thursday afternoon as many parts of Tamil Nadu were put on high alert following a threat of Cyclone Nada making a landfall later in the day.

According to the ANI,Tamil Nadu state department said that the cyclonic storm over the southwest bay had weakened to a deep depression. It added that ‘Light to moderate rainfall is expected over many places in the state, with an isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall in coastal areas.’

The Met department said that the cyclone is likely to further weaken into depression in next 24 hours.

A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) spokesperson said that in view of the development of cyclone over Southeast Bay of Bengal, 6 teams have been placed in coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

NDRF, however, added that the chances of flooding due to  Nada’s landfall were less as the cyclone had weakened.

Previously, it was reported that Cyclone Nada, which was expected to give much-needed rain to Chennai and Tamil Nadu will make a landfall late Thursday night.

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But another cyclone is expected to be formed on December 5 at the South Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Nada will make a landfall at the Cuddalore on Thursday night, as against the earlier prediction of Friday morning.

Speaking to Deccan Chronicle earlier on Thursday, S.B. Thambi, the deputy director general, Regional Meteorological Centre confirmed the weakening of the cyclone but did not wish to comment much on it.

Clarifying a status of Nada, Weather Blogger, Sai Praneeth said, “As wind shear – an opposing force to the cyclone flow is intense at the Tamil Nadu coast, the cyclone is expected to turn into depression by evening today.”

It would make landfall tonight, he added. Though, there is still hope of moderate rains for the next twenty-four hours days as strong outer bands are witnessed across the state.

“It is unsure if the second system expected to form on a 5 December would yield rains to Tamil Nadu. Models have to be closely watched,” added Sai Praneeth.

Meanwhile, the local weather stations state that the Adiramapatanam noted 21.6 mm rain while Karaikal received 13.1 mm.

Nagapattinam and Thanjavur received 20.1 mm and 11 mm rain respectively. While slight to the moderate rains are witnessed in parts of Chennai, intense rains are on the way for Mahabalipuram.

All said, that the city would remain cloudy and pleasant for the next few days, under the influence of back-to-back cyclones.

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