As the North-East monsoon unleashes its first heavy spell, Tamil Nadu is grappling with heavy rain, prompting several districts to declare a holiday for schools. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) anticipates Chennai and other coastal regions to bear the brunt of isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall on November 14.
The current bout of rainfall is attributed to a low-pressure area forming over the Southeast Bay of Bengal, coupled with an upper air cyclonic circulation over the southwest Bay of Bengal and the South Andaman Sea. This weather system is expected to intensify, potentially developing into a depression over West central Bay of Bengal around November 16.
Coastal and interior districts in Tamil Nadu experienced substantial rainfall, leading to the closure of schools in Ariyalur, Thanjavur, Villupuram, Tiruvannamalai, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, and Cuddalore. The relentless downpour is forecasted to impact at least 15 districts, including the capital city, Chennai.
Residents are urged to stay vigilant as the heavy rain poses potential risks and disruptions. The IMD’s weather predictions and the evolving weather system underscore the need for precautionary measures and preparedness in the affected regions. As the monsoon gains momentum, the focus remains on ensuring the safety of the residents and mitigating the impact of the inclement weather.