The cyclonic storm Mandous would weaken into a low pressure in the next 12 hours, as per the weather department. Cyclone Mandous made landfall near Tamil Nadu's Mahabalipuram around 9:30 pm on Friday.
The cyclonic storm 'Mandous', which crossed the coast near Mahabalipuram in the wee hours of Saturday, has moved completely inland and weakened into a deep depression over north Tamil Nadu. Light to moderate rainfall is predicted in most places, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places across north interior Tamil Nadu. Over 9,000 people have been lodged in 205 relief centers.
Heavy rainfall is forecast besides cyclonic winds of around 85 km an hour as Cyclone Mandous begins its landfall, says the weather office. The cyclone will make landfall around midnight near Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) in Tamil Nadu Equipment like boats, high-voltage motors, sucker machines and cutters have been kept ready for rescue operations as the cyclone might gather more intensity.
Tamil Nadu is bracing for heavy rainfall as Cyclone Mandous is set to cross near the Chennai coast this midnight. The state government has issued an advisory and deployed resources in vulnerable areas. Schools and colleges are shut today in 12 districts, including Chennai, Thiruvallur, Chengalpattu, Vellore, Ranipettai and Kancheepuram. The norther part of the state has been receiving light to moderate rainfall since last night. Chennai received 52.5 mm rainfall till 5:30 am. The Chennai civic body has ordered to close all parks and playgrounds till further notice. It has also asked people not to visit beaches today and not park their cars under trees. All shops on the beaches have been shut too. As many as 5,093 relief centres, including 169 in Chennai, and 121 shelters have been opened across Tamil Nadu.
Cyclone Mandous, currently present over southwest Bay of Bengal, moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 13 kmph in the past 6 hrs. Mandous is likely to weaken into a cyclonic storm in the following three hours, Chennai Meteorological Centre said in a statement.
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 to early hours of 10 Dec. An orange alert has been issued for the north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts. NDRF teams have been put on alert. Education minister A Namassivayam has ordered closing of schools and colleges on Friday in Puducherry and Karaikal in view of cyclone Mandous. Stay tuned with India Today for all the latest updates.
Cyclone Mandous brewing in Bay of Bengal is inching closer to the Tamil Nadu coast. The cyclone is expected to cross the coast between Puducherry and Sriharikota in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh on midnight of Dec 9. A red alert has been issued for three districts Chengalpet, Kancheepuram and Villupuram in Tamil Nadu.
A deep depression in the southern Bay of Bengal officially intensified into cyclonic storm Mandous on the intermittent night of December 8. The announcement was made by the India Meteorological Department during the wee hours of Thursday. The cyclonic storm Mandous is approximately 500 km east-southeast of Karaikal and 580 km southeast of Chennai. A red alert has been issued for 13 districts in Tamil Nadu on Thursday, December 8 and six National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have also been deployed.