Cyclone Mandous to move across TN, south Andhra by today midnight; Details on red alerts & preparations here

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Tamil Nadu: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) in its latest weather bulletin said that cyclone Mandous lay over the southwest Bay of Bengal about 270km ESE of Karaikal.

It will move west northwestwards and cross north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and the adjoining south AP coast between Puducherry and Sriharikota with a windspeed of 65-75 kmph around midnight of December 9.

The weather department has warned of heavy rainfall in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal and Andhra Pradesh and NDRF teams have been put on alert. Schools and colleges will be closed on Friday in Puducherry and Karaikal in view of cyclone Mandous, Education minister A Namassivayam said.

“SCS Mandous over SW BoB about 240km ESE of Karaikal. To move WNW and cross north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining south AP coast between Puducherry and Sriharikota with a windspeed of 65-75 kmph around midnight of 09 Dec to early hours of 10 Dec,” IMD Twitter handle said in a morning update.

Rainfall prediction

According to the Met department, light to moderate rain is likely to occur in most places over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry & Karaikal area on Friday. Heavy to very heavy rain is likely in some places with isolated extremely heavy rain to occur over the Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu and Villupuram districts of Tamilnadu and Puducherry.

Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Tiruvallur, Chennai, Ranipet, Vellore, Tirupattur, Tiruvannamalai, Kallakurichi and Cuddalore districts of Tamilnadu. Heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Dharmapuri, Salem, Namakkal, Tiruchirappalli, Perambalur, Ariyalur, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Karur, Dindigul, Madurai and Sivaganga districts of Tamilnadu and Karaikal.

A red alert has been issued for 13 districts in Tamil Nadu, including Chengalpattu, Villupuram and Kancheepuram districts.

Preparation

The Tamil Nadu government said 12 teams comprising nearly 400 personnel from the National Disaster Response Force and the State force have been deployed in 10 districts in the Cauvery delta region, Chennai, its three neighbouring districts and Cuddalore. A holiday has been declared for schools and colleges on Friday.

The Greater Chennai Corporation issued precautionary measures, including shutting down all parks and playgrounds till further notice. Chennai Corporation also asked people not to visit beaches tomorrow and also asked them to park cars in open areas and not under trees.

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