Tamil Nadu rains: NDRF saves 15 from flooded Tambaram, more downpours expected 

The IMD said the system intensified into a cyclonic storm on Sunday and lay centred over the southwest Bay of Bengal.

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Tamil Nadu is currently witnessing rain fury in the entire state, leading to massive waterlogging, power outages, problems for the citizens and more. In Chennai, teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescued around 15 people from the Tambaram area amid the incessant rains lashing parts of the district.

NDRF rescues 15 people stranded in waterlogging

The people were rescued amid waterlogging and power outages near Peerkankaranai and Perungalathur neighbourhoods in the Tambaram area. Parts of Chennai received torrential downpours as cyclone 'Michaung' approached the coast.

Tamil Nadu has stepped up preparations for potential damage from cyclone Michaung brewing over the Bay of Bengal that could make landfall near the southern Andhra Pradesh coast on December 5.

According to the India Meteorology Department, “Moderate thunderstorms and lightning with moderate rain, and intense spells at times is very likely at many places over Thiruvallur, Chennai, Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram districts of Tamilnadu. Moderate thunderstorm and lightning with moderate rain is very likely few places over Ranippettai, Thiruvannamalai, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Mayiladuthurai, Thanjavur, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Kallakurichy, Vellore, Thirupattur, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri Salem, Namakkal, Thiruchirapalli, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts of Tamilnadu and Puducherry in the next three hours: Meteorological Centre, Chenna.”

Tamil Nadu rain fury

A 100-member team of the State Disaster Response Force arrived in Kancheepuram district on Sunday to handle contingencies along with other first responders if the cyclonic storm triggers flooding or structural havoc while crossing north Tamil Nadu.

The IMD said the system intensified into a cyclonic storm on Sunday and lay centred over the southwest Bay of Bengal currently. It is likely to reach near the north Tamil Nadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts on December 4 night.

Owing to the cyclone threat, local weather offices have hoisted warning Signal Number 3 at the key Chennai, Cuddalore and Ennore ports to alert vessels and fishing boats.

Squally weather has also led to forecasts of extremely heavy rainfall in isolated parts of southern peninsular and eastern India starting December 3 night. The intensity of rains is expected to peak on Sunday across most districts as Michaung approaches landfall.

Precautionary measures

Officials have urged precautionary measures from the public while directing district administration units and emergency services to stay vigilant regarding any developing adverse weather in their respective areas.

With the year's last cyclone anticipated to disrupt normal life, the state government emphasized minimizing damage risks by responding proactively before landfall.

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