Nine coastal districts in TN including Chennai face heavy rainfall

The North East monsoon has finally arrived in the city with heavy spells of rain since morning

Many schools in the city closed an hour early, around 3 pm, while heavy rains continued into the evening.

Not only Chennai is bearing thundershowers from past three days but also adjoining areas including Anna Nagar have been receiving very heavy rains. Meanwhile, the waterlogged roads also left pedestrians endangered. Heavy to very heavy rain rainfall is likely at isolated places over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, IMD said. Parangipettai in Cuddalore district recorded the highest of 5.6 cm of rain during the last 24 hours ending at 0830 hrs this morning. Though the meteorological department announced the onset of monsoon on October 27, the rains evaded core parts of the city till Sunday.

As per the weather department, the intensity of rainfall in Chennai may increase. The December 2015 floods in Chennai was the last time that the city had witnessed the heaviest rainfall in over a century, bringing the city, with a population of 70 million people, to a standstill.

Chennai: Rains lashed several parts of Tamil Nadu on Monday, partially disrupting normal life in some areas in this metropolis and claiming one life in Thanjavur district. Heavy to rather heavy rain is being witnessed in several parts of Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Nagapattinam districts since early this morning. The Met office has predicted a maximum and minimum temperature of 32 degrees Celsius and 24 degrees Celsius, respectively, for Chennai on Monday.

"The upper air cyclonic circulation over Southwest Bay of Bengal near Sri Lanka yesterday continues to be positioned in the same region", Director of Area Cyclone Warning Centre here S Balachandran told PTI reporters.

Reports and experts attributed the rainfall to the cyclonic circulation that is now persisting over Southwest Bay of Bengal, off the Sri Lanka coast and the adjoining Tamil Nadu coast, a report by the Business Standard said.



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