Cyclone 'Michaung' approaches Tamil Nadu coast: Met department issues warning, heavy rainfall predicted

Cyclone 'Michaung' approaches Tamil Nadu coast: The cyclone is expected to cross South Andhra Pradesh and adjoining North Tamil Nadu coast between Chennai and Machilipatnam on December 4 evening.

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Cyclone 'Michaung' approaches Tamil Nadu coast: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted heavy rainfall in parts of Tamil Nadu as cyclone 'Michaung' approaches the coast.

With the cyclone expected to cross South Andhra Pradesh and adjoining North Tamil Nadu coast between Chennai and Machilipatnam on December 4 evening, the Meteorological Department in Chennai has issued warnings and predictions.

Intensification of the Cyclone

S Balachandran, Deputy-Director General of Meteorology, Chennai, stated that the well-marked low-pressure area had developed into a depression, located about 790 km southeast of Chennai. The system is anticipated to move northwestward, intensifying into a deep depression and eventually into a cyclonic storm. The expected landfall is between Chennai and Machilipatnam by December 4.

Rainfall Predictions for Tamil Nadu

For the next four days in North Tamil Nadu, light to moderate rainfall is expected in major parts. Notably, heavy rainfall predictions include Delta districts on December 1 and 2, with north coastal districts from Thiruvallur to Mayiladuthurai expecting heavy to very heavy rainfall on December 3. On December 4, Tiruvallur is predicted to receive very heavy rainfall, and Chennai, Kancheepuram, Ranipet, Vellore, Tirupattur, Tiruvannamalai, Chengalpattu may experience heavy to very heavy rainfall.

Wind Speeds and Advisory for Fishermen

Regarding wind speeds, from Tiruvallur to Cuddalore, speeds of 50 to 60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph are expected on December 3. On December 4, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, and Viluppuram may witness wind speeds of 60 to 70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph. Fishermen are advised against venturing into the Southwest Bay of Bengal, north Tamil Nadu coast, and south Andhra coast for the next four days.

State Preparations and Chief Minister's Directives

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has directed all state departments to collaborate in preparation for the cyclone. Precautionary measures include identifying and relocating those likely to be affected to relief camps, ensuring a continuous supply of essentials, addressing potential electric leakage, clearing fallen trees promptly, establishing emergency rooms in government hospitals, and coordinating to manage traffic flow during heavy rain.

Note: As the cyclone approaches, these preparations and forecasts aim to mitigate potential risks and safeguard the wellbeing of the residents. Stay tuned for further updates on the evolving situation.