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Cyclone Vardah heads towards Chennai shores (thehindu)




Cyclonic storm Vardah is likely to make landfall by Monday afternoon along north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coast, close to Chennai, accompanied by strong winds with speeds of 80 to 90 kmph. S. Balachandran, director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre in Chennai, told the media on Sunday the rain would gradually increase from the morning of December 12 and was expected to last until the next day in the northern districts of Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram. Moderate rain S.B.Thampi, Deputy Director General of Meteorology said, most places along north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts would get to light to moderate rain with possibilities of heavy rainfall of up to 20 cm as the system makes landfall. “During landfall on Monday, Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Puducherry will get rain and once the system crosses, Vellore and Dharmapuri will begin to get rain,” he said. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam chaired a meeting in the Secretariat on Sunday to review the preparations by government agencies. Schools and colleges in Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Villupuram and Cuddalore districts have been closed on Monday.

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