The cyclone which has been named as Vardah is expected to cross the coast close to Chennai tomorrow afternoon. As a result there will be heavy rains over Chennai, Kanchipuram and Nellore districts with a a strong wind at the speed of 80-100 km/hr in the coastal areas.Later in the evening, the interior districts of Tamil Nadu as well as Rayalaseema and south interior karnataka will start witnessing good rains.
According to Meteorological Department, the weather system has now strengthen to severe storm. Holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in Chennai, Puducherry, Karaikal and Cuddalore district.
Tidal wave warning
Tidal waves likely to flood the low lying areas of Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu; and Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh.
The IMD has predicted isolated heavy to very heavy falls over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during the next 36 hours. The rainfall intensity will increase gradually becoming heavy to very heavy rainfall (7-19 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall (≥ 20 cm) over Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Nellore and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh on Monday.
Government has taken certain precautionary measures, Below are the few helpline numbers:
Chennai Corporation: 25619206, 25619511, 25384965, 25383694, 25367823, 25387570
Grievances can also be sent via WhatsApp to: 94454 77207, 94454 77203, 94454 77206 , 94454 77201, 94454 77205
Puducherry: 1077, 1070
Cuddalore: 1077, 04142 220700, 231666
Police Control Room will be functional round the clock and public seeking any assistance can call 100. Contact 103 to convey messages and complaints. Public are advised not to park their vehicles underneath trees or lamp posts.