TAMILNADU: Heavy rains have been forecasted for Tamilnadu over the weekend due to a low-pressure trough that is expected to form over the Arabian Sea; an official from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Thursday, a red alert has been issued for the state on Sunday, October 7.
“It is likely to intensify as a depression and will likely turn into a cyclone over 36 hours and move towards Oman. Chennai and its suburbs will experience intermittent rainfall. For now, very heavy rainfall is predicted in a few places." Said S Balachandran, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre Addressing media persons in Chennai on Thursday.
The low-pressure area continues over the southwest Bay of Bengal. Many parts of Tamil Nadu have experienced rain over the past 24 hours and few places have experienced massive rainfall. The majorly affected areas over the last 24 hours included, Cuddalore and Trichy districts, experienced up to 11 cm of rainfall.
Fishermen in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have been warned not to venture into the sea. They have been asked to avoid south Kerala coast, Lakshadweep area, Comorin area, southeast Arabian Sea and Central Arabian Sea between Friday, October 5 and Monday, October 8. Those who are in deep sea have been advised to return to the coast by Friday.