In view of cyclone ‘Mandous’ a red alert has been issued in three districts Chengalpattu, Villupuram, and Kancheepuram of Tamil Nadu.
Cyclone ‘Mandous’ is very likely to cross the coast near Mamallapuram with a maximum sustained wind speed of 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 mph today at midnight.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department severe cyclonic storm ‘Mandous’ is expected to move west-northwestwards and cross the coast between Puducherry and Sriharikota on the intervening night of December 9-10.
“It is very likely to maintain its intensity of Severe Cyclonic Storm till early morning of today, the 9th December, and then weaken gradually into a cyclonic storm thereafter. It would continue to move west-northwestwards and cross north Tamilnadu, Puducherry, and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts between Puducherry and Sriharikota around Mahabalipuram as a cyclonic storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph during midnight of today, the 09th December to early hours of 10th December,” the India Meteorological Department stated.
Meanwhile, most places over the north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are likely to have heavy rain at isolated places.
The weather forecasting agency said that the severe cyclonic storm is currently lying over the southwest Bay of Bengal, 240km east-southeast of Karaikal.
Moreover, the IMD statement stated, “It is likely to reduce to Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places likely over north Tamil Nadu on 10th December 2022.”
However, till further notice the Greater Chennai Corporation ordered to close of all parks and playgrounds.