Chennai Weather News Live Updates: Heavy rains predicted in Chennai, Tamil Nadu; holiday declared for schools and colleges in 17 districts – The Indian Express

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Chennai: Youngsters react as sea waves crash at the sea-shore ahead of the landfall of cyclonic storm Mandous, in Chennai, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. (PTI)

Chennai Weather News Live Updates Today (December 9): Cyclone Mandous, a storm in the Bay of Bengal, is likely to bring heavy rainfall to parts of Tamil Nadu on Friday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. In light of the weather prediction, schools and colleges in around 27 districts, including Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kanchipuram, Viluppuram, Cuddalore, Ranipet, Vellore and Tiruvallur, have been closed.

Cyclone Mandous (pronounced Man-Dous) lies around 240 km east-southeast of Karaikal and about 320 km south-southeast of Chennai, the IMD said. By mid-day, it is likely to intensify into a ‘Severe Cyclonic Storm’. It will continue moving west-northwestwards and cross the coast between Puducherry and Sriharikota, near Mahabalipuram, between midnight and the early hours of Saturday (December 10) with wind speeds of 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph. Under its influence, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely in Chennai and other districts in Tamil Nadu over the next two days.

Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh have been bracing for the storm, with authorities on alert and taking precautionary measures. The National Disaster Relief Force has been deployed as well. In Chennai, 169 relief camps have been set up and the civic body has readied 805 motor pumps to drain stagnant water from low-lying areas.  Volunteers from the fisherfolk community have been instructed to be ready with rescue boats.

Chennai Weather Forecast, Cyclone Mandous Live Updates: Schools, colleges closed in Tamil Nadu; storm to intensify into ‘Severe Cyclonic Storm’; authorities in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh on alert. Follow latest news and updates today below.