Cyclone Vardah has hit waterside making landfall near to Tamil Nadu capital Chennai. The cyclonic windstorm will take about four hours to cross land perfectly. Heavy rain and strong winds are penalty the coast in Tamil Nadu and neighbor Andhra Pradesh and the Army, Navy and Air Force are on standby.
More than 16,000 people have been move out. All operations have been suspended at the Chennai airport till 3 pm, news agency ANI reported. Cyclone Vardah has hit land with wind speeds of between 100 and 110 kmph.
Heavy rain including by high speed wind lashed Chennai and other northern coastal districts of Tamil Nadu on Monday morning even as very serious cyclonic storm Vardah, which is at present set at 140km off Chennai coast, is set to build landfall in the afternoon.
Vardah is going at a speed of 13km and is likely to cross the waterside between Chennai and Gummidipoondi.
Wind speed is like to increase to 100 to 120km per hour when the high wind makes landfall.
Due to the serious storm, there has been constant rain in Chennai and its residencial area. Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts have also received heavy rainfall after morning, said by a Regional Metrological Center official.
chennai has recorded 7.5cm of rain since night till 9.30am on Monday. Trees were root out in respective parts of the city. Temperature has let fail to 21 degree Celsius in the city.
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State revenue minister R B Udayakumar asked for people to stay indoors and confident that government had taken all defensive steps to stop any damage.
Producers and motors have been kept ready in places where water log is likely and in metros. Many people living in the low level areas have been moved to safe places, said by the minister.
Ennore, Pulicat and other coastal areas in chennai have seen high streams since morning.
chennai and engaged districts in north Tamil Nadu as well as south Andhra Pradesh coast will get heavy to very heavy rain starting Sunday evening due to a very bad cyclonic storm Vardah, an Urdu word given by Pakistan which is like to make landfall on Monday.
The cyclone is at present stabled 480km east north east off chennai coast. It is likely to move south westward over the Bay of Bengal and cross north Tamil Nadu and South Andhra waterside, mostly near chennai, on Monday evening, a regional meteorological center official told TOI. Chennai and neighboring areas would receive heavy to very heavy rainfall from Sunday evening, he added that.
The air speed is around 11km and it will step up by today evening and later sicken and cross the coast by evening, the official said.
Fishermen in north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra coast have been static not to venture into the sea.