Heavy rain hits normal life in TN

Kanyakumari district receives maximum of 8 cm rainfall

Heavy rain hits normal life in TN

 Heavy rain continued to lash Tamil Nadu on Thursday, a day after the Northeast monsoon’s arrival, due to the formation of an upper cyclonic air circulation over the Bay of Bengal.

The Met department has predicted heavy rain in the next 48 hours as well.

“The upper cyclonic air-circulation over the Bay of Bengal still persists. Under its influence, heavy rain is likely to occur at most places over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and at many places over interior Tamil Nadu during the next 48 hours,” a senior Met official said here on Thursday.

Isolated rain or thundershower may also occur over North-interior Karnataka, Rayalaseema and Telangana during the same period.

“In addition, a depression has also formed over the South Arabian sea and adjoining areas, which moved north-westwards direction with a speed of about 10 kilometres per hour in the past 12 hours. It has intensified into a cyclonic strom ‘chapala’,” the Met official said.

Normal life was severely affected in several parts of Tamil Nadu for the second day due to the heavy rain, which has continued since Tuesday night.

The Met official said the sea would remain very rough along North Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining South Andhra Pradesh coasts during the next 48 hours.

Fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Kerala were warned not to venture into the sea because of on-shore wind blowing from the easterly direction at 55 km per hour along the coast.

Meanwhile, with Northeast monsoon intensifying, the water level in the reservoirs, including Mettur Dam, are slowly on the rise since Thursday morning.

PWD sources here said other reservoirs located close to or in the Western Ghats, including Vaigai, Sholayar and Papanasam, are recording a good inflow. There is also a steady rise in water storage in Manimuthar Dam, built across the Tamirabarani river, in Tirunelveli.

In Tamil Nadu, the Kanyakumari district received a maximum of 8 cm rainfall during the last 24 hours followed by Virudhunagar, which recorded 6 cm downpour during the same period.

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