The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for a few areas along the Western Ghats in Tamil Nadu for the next two days. According to the statement, heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur with very heavy rain at one or two places over Theni, Dindigol, Thirupur and Coimbatore regions on Wednesday, and Nilgiris and Coimbatore on Thursday.
Due to heavy rain, Wednesday has been declared a holiday for schools and colleges in Nilgiris and for schools in Coimbatore and Valparai Taluk.
According to the latest bulletin issued by the Regional Meteorological Department on Wednesday, thunderstorms with light to moderate rain are likely to occur in isolated places over Tine, Tinkasi, Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts of Tamil Nadu within the next hour or two. Light to moderate rains are likely to occur in isolated places in Kanchipuram, Tiruvalur, Chengalpattu and Chennai areas within the next 1-2 hours.
Among all the districts, Tiruttani in Thiruvallur district (11 cm) and Chinnakalar district in Coimbatore (9 cm) received maximum rainfall.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, S Balachandran, Deputy Director General of Meteorology, said the southwest monsoon has intensified in Kerala and there is upper circulation in the atmosphere over the coastal region of Tamil Nadu. He noted that during the past 24 hours, heavy rain fell in 10 provinces and very heavy rain fell in four regions. “Till August 5, light to moderate rain is likely to fall in most places in Tamil Nadu, Karaikal and Puducherry,” he added.
Balachandran further noted that since June 1, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have received 242 mm of rain as against the normal rainfall during this period of 125 mm.
In Chennai, since early Wednesday morning, there was moderate rain in several pockets and the sky remained cloudy. Netizens have taken to Twitter to share videos and photos of rainfall in their areas.