Chennai is likely to witness heavy rains on Thursday as low pressure over the Bay of Bengal is moving closer to the coast. The India Meteorological Department has issued a red alert for Chennai and four neighbouring districts - Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Chengalpet, Cuddalore and Villupuram as the low-pressure area is gradually moving towards the coast from south-east. The IMD has predicted 'very heavy rain' for some North Tamil Nadu districts and South Andhra Pradesh districts.
Rainfall recorded between 64.5 mm and 115.5 mm is heavy and between 115.6 and 204.4 is very heavy. Anything above 204.4 mm is considered extremely heavy rainfall.
Here are the latest updates:
# Karnataka to have widespread rainfall over next 4 days. Yellow alerts are issued in some districts of coastal Karnataka and North-interior Karnataka for today and tomorrow. Orange alert in South interior parts. Orange alert in Bengaluru and Ghats: S Adiga, Meteorologist, IMD Bengaluru
# Rain lashes parts of Chennai with heavy to very heavy rainfall expected in coastal districts. "All coastal districts are on red alert and orange alert also issued in some of the districts," says Puviarasan, Director, MET Department, Chennai
# Low-pressure area over SE & adjoining SW Bay of Bengal now lies as a well-marked low-pressure area over SW and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal off north Tamil Nadu, south Andhra Pradesh coasts with associated cyclonic circulation. It's intensified into a Depression now: IMD
# All schools and colleges to remain closed in Puducherry and Karaikal today in view of the heavy rain forecast. As per IMD's forecast, Puducherry is likely to experience a 'generally cloudy sky with heavy rain' today.
# War room set up at Chennai Corporation where the corporation officials are monitoring red alert on heavy rain announced for today in Chennai.
# Theni District Collector announces closing of all schools and colleges today in the district in wake of heavy rainfall here. As per IMD's forecast, Theni district is likely to receive heavy rainfall today.
First Published: IST