Heavy rains: Orange alert to Tamilnadu

Chennai: The Met department today has issued an orange alert to Tamilnadu and Puducherry for the next two days as heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur due to wind movement and upper air circulation along the coastal areas.

Fishermen are not advised to venture out into the deep seas as strong winds are likely to blow.

”Scattered heavy to isolated very heavy rain is likely to occur over Tamilnadu (in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Tanjavur, Tiruvarur, Ariyalur, Pudukottai, Sivaganga, Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Kanchipuram, Villupuram, Vellore, Tiruvallur, Madurai, Theni, Dindigul, Nilagiri and Coimbatore districts), Puducherry and Karaikal,” said an official release.

Meanwhile, rain waters disturbed the normalcy and entered the houses in Pudhukottai. Angered by it, the residents, along with livestock staged a road roko.

As rains continued to lash isolated places in the State, schools in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Chengalpet, Sivaganga, Pudukottai, Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur were declared holiday.

Addressing the reporters today, an official from the department said, ”Tamilnadu is likely to experience heavy rains for the next two days. A low pressure zone will be formed in the Indian Ocean within 48 hours which will intensify the rainfall.”

For Chennai, the Department has predicted the probability of moderate to heavy rains to occur for two days.

Guindy, Ekkaduthangal, Mylapore, Kolathur, Velachery, K K Nagar, Perumbakkam and Tambaram, among several places in Chennai, received rainfall last night and this morning.

It may be noted that the city is witnessing good showers since the last two days. However, it has led to traffic snarls and pothole formation.

Recently, suburban areas like Selaiyur took a blow and residents and commuters had a harrowing experience over waterlogging on Velachery Main Road. Interiors of Chitlapakkam flooded once again as the Selaiyur lake was upto its brim.

NT Bureau