Cyclone Mandous uprooted trees and brought heavy rain to Tamil Nadu as it made landfall and crossed the coast near Mahabalipuram on the intervening nights of Friday and Saturday.
Cyclonic storm Mandous weakened into a deep depression over the north Tamil Nadu coast (Photo: File)
By India Today Web Desk: Cyclone Mandous, a severe cyclonic storm, made landfall crossing the Tamil Nadu coast, uprooting trees and bringing heavy rain to the southern state. The cyclone has now weakened into a deep depression.
“The cyclonic storm Mandous [meaning treasure box] weakened into a deep depression over north Tamil Nadu coast. To move nearly west -northwestwards and gradually weaken into a depression by noon of 10th December,” the IMD Chennai said in a tweet in the early hours of Saturday.
Here are the top developments.
Cyclone Mandous, meaning treasure box in Arabic, crossed the Mamallapuram coast at around 2 am, causing heavy rain in some regions. A total of 13 districts were under red alert. The highest rain was recorded (16 cm) in Kattupakkam, a suburb in Chennai, as the cyclone crossed the state.
Trees were uprooted and streets were waterlogged late Friday night and early Saturday morning as the cyclonic storm made its landfall.
Traffic was affected in several areas in Chennai, including Maduranthakam, East Coast Road, and Old Mahabalipuram Road. A total of 16 districts have announced a rain holiday for schools and colleges, and exams have been postponed. All the state-run buses that were suspended till 4 am have resumed operations.
Last night, heavy winds and rain due to Cyclone Mandous also caused the collapse of the roof of a fuel station in Chennai’s Egmore. A tree on the premises also fell due to strong winds.
Ahead of the landfall, 13 domestic and three international flights were cancelled at the Chennai airport due to bad weather. “Passengers are requested to check with concerned airline(s) for further updates,” tweeted Chennai International Airport.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy also held a review meeting with officials concerned on the cyclone-related rains. He instructed the collectors of SPSR Nellore, Tirupati, Chittoor and Annamayya districts to be on alert and open relief camps wherever there is a need.