Chennai closes educational institutions after cyclone alert
Chennai : Heavy, rains, full breeze windy climate and anticipatory cyclone alerts forced Tamil Nadu administration to issue alert warming for the entire East coast vicinity areas pertaining to northern Tamil Nadu region. Heavy rains which lashed parts of northern Tamil Nadu during the past weekend indicated that East coast is gearing up for cyclone conditions as the meteorological department issued forecast warning of deep depression over Bay of Bengal, which can make a route towards Chennai.
As a precautionary safety measure, Chennai administration declares all educational institutions to shut down and remain closed till weather condition stabilizes or takes a definite path. The Met Department has issued advisory warnings to fishermen and insisted upon them to not venture into the sea until high waters recede.Violent winds with a speed of 40 to 60 kilometers per hour are expected to prevail over northern parts of Tamil Nadu. Depression over Bay Of Bengal has gained momentum and intensified further confirming the formation of deep depression, raising alarms for the city of Chennai.
Coastal areas near Puducherry and its surrounding coast of Tamil Nadu have also been alerted and people have been instructed to prepare themselves for temporary evacuations if situation arises thus. Met department is anticipating that there is a probability of this deep depression gaining strength and converting itself into the magnitude of a cyclonic storm. If such eventuality occurs, then, under the influence of cyclonic storm, rainfall is expected in most parts of Tamil Nadu with heavy to very heavy rainfall over north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the next 24-48 hours.
Forceful wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph, with a pressure of aggravating upto 65 kmph is expected to then prevail in the sensitive region around north Tamil Nadu, and spreading towards Puducherry and adjoining Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram districts of south Tamil Nadu coasts during next 12 hrs. Although the momentum is expected to build up with passing time, the speed might gradually increase to 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph along and off above coasts in afternoon.
Schools and colleges will remain closed in Puducherry, Chennai and adjoining districts of Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur. On Sunday, pockets of Chennai received up to 7 cm rain. This waterpour resulted in disruption of electricity and created a situation of ‘no power supply’ in several parts of Tamil Nadu due to heavy downpour.