Chennai: Chennai is preparing for the impending Cyclone Michaung, positioned 200 kilometers southeast of the city. Expected to closely approach tomorrow morning, the cyclone will result in dense cloud formation and a significant rise in rainfall starting in the evening.
The projected trajectory shows a northwestward movement, with intensification predicted in the west-central Bay of Bengal by December 4. The cyclone is projected to follow the coast, making landfall between Nellore and Machilipatnam on December 5.
IMD Issued Red Alert
A red alert has been issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) for North Coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The forecast warns of substantial to extremely heavy rainfall, including on Sunday and Monday. The deep depression over the southwest Bay of Bengal has escalated into a cyclonic storm named “MICHAUNG,” presently positioned around 310 km southeast of Chennai.
Government Declared Public Holiday On Monday
In preparation for the anticipated adverse weather, the government has announced a public holiday on December 4 (Monday) for Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, and Chengalpattu districts. The decision is made to prioritize the safety of residents amid the expected heavy rainfall and strong winds. Additionally, as a precautionary measure, schools and colleges in Chennai will be closed on Monday.
SR Announced Cancellation Of Several Trains
The Southern Railway has declared the cancellation of several train services. Affected routes include the Mannargudi-Bhagat Ki Kothi Superfast Express, Bhagat Ki Kothi-Mannargudi Superfast Express, Tirunelveli-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Express, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra-Tirunelveli Express, Madurai-Hazrat Nizamuddin Sampark Kranti Express, and Hazrat Nizamuddin-Madurai Sampark Kranti Express.
Heavy Rain Expected In These Areas
Vellore, Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Thiruvannamalai, Kallakkurichi, Cuddalore, and Kancheepuram are expected to face heavy rainfall, while other areas in the state may encounter thunderstorms and lightning. Residents are advised to take essential precautions, such as securing their homes, staying informed through reliable sources like the IMD, and refraining from unnecessary travel during the severe weather conditions.
High Tides Witnessed In Nagapattinam
Cyclone Michaung’s intensification from a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal led to significant disturbances in Tamil Nadu. Coastal regions, especially Nagapattinam, witnessed high tides, causing worry among residents. Additionally, Chengalpattu encountered heavy rainfall, resulting in harm to paddy crops and negative repercussions for the agricultural sector.