Published On : Mon, Dec 12th, 2016

Cyclone Vardah: Parts of Chennai waterlogged, without electricity


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Chennai: Cyclone Vardah has brought heavy rain to Chennai since midnight. Waterlogging has been reported from low-lying areas of Velacherry and residents say they expect heavy flooding by this afternoon, reports A Ganesh Nadar/ from Chennai.

Velacherry, which is around 17 km from Chennai, had no electricity last night. Electricity was restored in some areas this morning. There is no electricity at Kottivakkam on the East Coast Road as well.

The Chennai Muncipal Corporation has asked people not to stand under trees nor park their cars under trees.

Cyclone Vardah is expected to hit the state this afternoon.

Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are on high alert as the severe cyclonic storm, Vardah over west central and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal moved further nearly west-southwest-wards and lay centred at about 180 km east-northeast of Chennai and 250 km east-southeast of Nellore according to Cyclone Warning Centre in Visakhapatnam.

As the cyclone advances, people have been asked to stay indoors as a precautionary measure. Educational institutions in four districts will remain closed for today.

The system is very likely to move nearly westwards and weaken gradually while moving towards north Tamil Nadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts.

It is very likely to cross north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts, close to Chennai as a cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 80 to 90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph by today afternoon.Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea along and off south Andhra Pradesh, north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts during next 36 hours as the sea conditions would be rough to very rough and become high to phenomenal from today morning.