Chennai: Orange alert after depression weakens – Times of India

Chennai News

CHENNAI: The IMD has said Friday will be windy with scattered heavy rain at isolated places in the city as the depression is set to cross the coast between Pudhucherry and Chennai early in the morning.
The rain is likely to reduce further in the day and shift to interior areas of the state and southern parts of Andhra Pradesh. However, there will be a strong surface wind with speeds reaching 40 kmph to 50 kmph.
IMD has removed the red alert for Chennai and has posted an orange alert, according to which the possibility of rain could be in the range of 12-20cm in a day.
A forecast for 24 hours said that scattered heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur in isolated places across the north-eastern parts of the state.
The depression over Bay of Bengal off north Tamil Nadu coast moved with a speed of 18 kmph in the evening on Thursday and about 100 km south-southeast of Chennai, 120 km east-southeast of Puducherry.
Private bloggers said that the city will get rain for sometime on Friday but its quantity will reduce because the depression has lost most of its intensity and is now just an empty low pressure area.
As the weather system did not move as fast as expected, the city did not receive the expected very heavy rain when the depression neared the coast. However, rain picked up in most parts of the city by noon. Nungambakkam recorded 4.4cm, Meenambakkam 5.2cm, Ennore 3cm, Nandanam 2cm, MRC Nagar 4.4cm, OMR 2.3cm, Anna University 4.4cm, Pallikaranai 3.44cm as of 10 pm on Thursday.