With heavy rain expected in most parts of Tamil Nadu on Monday, schools and colleges will be shut in Puducherry, Chennai and adjoining districts Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur.
Heavy rain has been forecast in Puducherry, coastal and interior Tamil Nadu due to a depression some 320 kilometres southeast off Chennai.
The depression is expected to turn into a cyclonic storm and will make landfall close to Puducherry by Monday night. The wind speed could touch 55 kilometres per hour.
Under the influence of the cyclonic storm, rainfall is expected in most parts of Tamil Nadu with heavy to very heavy rainfall over north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the next 24-48 hours.
Authorities in Puducherry say they’ve identified many safe shelters.
“We expect the landfall to be between Puducherry and Cuddalore. We’ve ensured enough stock of food grains and medicine too. Eight task forces are monitoring on the ground,” said Puducherry Collector D Manikandan.
Isolated heavy rainfall is also expected in south coastal Andhra Pradesh, south interior Karnataka and Kerala during the next 24-48 hours.
Fishermen in Tamil Nadu have been advised not to venture out to sea in the next 24 to 48 hours “as the sea will be rough to very rough,” a Met department official said.
On Sunday, pockets of Chennai received up to 7 cm rain. The northeast monsoon, which has brought the wet spell, had set in over the southern region on October 29.