Chennai, Nov 22 (IECurrentAffairs) Heavy rains battered Chennai city, suburbs and Northern districts, as the well marked low pressure area over southwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal Tamilnadu persists and was expected to bring more rainfall during the next two days.
Met office sources said the low pressure area on Thursday morning lay centred over southwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining Tamilnadu with associated cyclonic circulation extending up to 5.8 km above mean sea level.
The trough from this Cyclonic circulation to Maldives area across interior Tamilnadu and Kerala also persists.
Under the influence of the well marked low pressure, fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls would occur over Tamilnadu and Pudducherry and isolated heavy falls over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and southern parts of Rayalaseema and South Interior Karnataka
during next 24 hours.
Moderate rain or thundershower was also likely to occur at most places over North Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and light to moderate rain or thundershowers were likely at a few places over South
Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over North Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during the next 48 hrs.
The rains, which lashed the city and suburbs non-stop since yesterday, relented for a brief while this morning, with the sun coming out.
But soon, dark clouds gathered over the horizon as the weathergods opened up in several parts of the city, which were inundated due to the continuous rains.
Traffic snarls were witnessed in arterial stretches of the city due to water logging causing hardship to office-goers. Schools and colleges were declared a holiday for the day in view of heavy rains.
The rains were quite heavy during late last night and early this morning, with the adjoining Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Villuppuram districts experiencing heavy to very heavy showers, crippling normal
Heavy rains also lashed Tiruvannamalai, Vellore and also in Cauvery delta regions, which were recently hit by Cyclone ‘Gaja’.
The Chennai city received 9.36 cm of rain during the last 24 hrs ending at 0830 hrs this morning, while the suburban Meenambakkam observatory recorded 8.75 cm of rain during the same period.