Respite for city from heavy down­pour

Sunday Express - - RAIN WHACKED - @Chen­nai

SATURDAY brought in the much needed respite for Chen­nai­ites from heavy down­pour. Nungam­bakkam weather sta­tion recorded just 7 mm rain com­pared to the co­pi­ous show­ers recorded in the few days prior to Saturday.

S Balachan­dran, Di­rec­tor, Area Cy­clone Warn­ing Cen­tre, said the low pres­sure area over South­west Bay of Ben­gal off Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu coast, now lies as a trough of low pres­sure at mean sea level over South­west Bay of Ben­gal and ad­join­ing West-cen­tral Bay of Ben­gal off TN- South Andhra Pradesh coast.

“Heavy to very heavy rain at iso­lated places is likely to oc­cur over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. How­ever, there will be no ma­jor rain ac­tiv­ity over Chen­nai for the next 24 hours ex­cept for moder­ate show­ers,” he said.

He said that so far Chen­nai had re­ceived the high­est rain­fall in the State dur­ing the north-east mon­soon. The city re­ceived 617.5 mm as against the nor­mal rain­fall of 320.5 mm, which was 93 per cent above nor­mal.

Weather blog­ger Pradeep John said though the sys­tem has re­duced its in­ten­sity from a low pres­sure area to a trough of low, it would still bring heavy down­pour. The in­te­rior parts of the State re­ceived very good rain on Saturday. “Vellore and Tiru­van­na­malai have got the first spell of rain af­ter the mon­soon set in.

In­te­rior parts of Tiru­val­lur and Kancheepuram have also got good rain. It is con­tin­u­ous down­pour in Na­ga­p­at­ti­nam to Puducherry belt. Veer­anam lake may be filled-up soon. For Chen­nai, the rain­fall ac­tiv­ity would con­tinue till Novem­ber 7,” he said.

Heavy to very heavy rains at iso­lated places is likely to oc­cur over coastal TN. How­ever, there will be no ma­jor rain ac­tiv­ity over Chen­nai for the next 24 hours ex­cept for moder­ate show­ers S Balachan­dran, Di­rec­tor, Area Cy­clone Warn­ing Cen­tre

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