Cyclonic Storm ‘Vardah’ to Make Landfall near Chennai Tomorrow

Written by | December 11, 2016 | 0

Severe cyclonic storm ‘Vardah’ over the Bay of Bengal will make landfall near Chennai tomorrow, the weather office said today, as the coastal states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh brace to deal with it.

The system is expected to bring heavy rainfall in coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, and southern Andhra Pradesh.

“Vardah lay centred at about 440 km east of Chennai (at 0830 hrs today) and the system is expected to move westwards and cross Chennai by December 12 afternoon,” S Balachandran, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, said in Chennai.

However, its intensity will get reduced considerably by the time it makes the landfall.

The MeT office in Delhi has briefed the PMO and the Cabinet Secretariat on the cyclonic storm.

K J Ramesh, Director General of the IMD said, “I have personally spoken to chief secretaries of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, while the regional MeT offices are in constant touch with the Disaster Management Commissioners of these two states.”

Meanwhile, the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) at Chennai said the storm is expected to bring heavy rainfall in northern coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, including the capital city. Southern Andhra Pradesh is also expected to receive heavy showers.

Wind speed would be in the order of 40-50 kph, it said.

Isolated heavy to very heavy rain is likely to commence this evening in north Coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and Southern Andhra Pradesh, the RMC said in its weather warning put on its website.

Squally winds and rough to very rough sea conditions are expected along and off Andhra Pradesh, north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts from tonight, it said.

“Storm surge of about 1 metre above astronomical tide is expected at the time of landfall,” the RMC said.

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