Holidays have been declared for educational institutions in Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, Vellore, and Ranipet districts after the IMD forecast of heavy rains. A red alert has been issued by the weather department for Ranipet, Tiruvallur, and Kancheepuram districts for November 11. A Red alert was issued in Dindigul, Theni, and The Nilgiris districts on November 12.
Heavy to very heavy rains and extremely heavy rains are likely in some places in these districts on November 11 and 12.
Several parts of Chennai and neighbouring districts of Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chengalpet have been receiving heavy rains under the influence of the low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal off the Sri Lanka coast.
The rainfall activity led to waterlogging in some places in the city.
Rainfall was reported in Ramanathapuram, Cuddalore, Villupuram and several coastal areas of the state too.
Chennai city and surrounding areas are expected to receive thunderstorms and lighting along with heavy to very heavy rains in the next 48 hours. An orange alert has been issued for the city in the next 48 hours.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) in its bulletin said the low pressure area over Southwest Bay of Bengal off Sri Lanka coast persists and that it is likely to become more marked during next 24 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards towards Tamilnadu-Puducherry coasts till the morning of November 12. The IMD forecast heavy to very heavy rain over several parts of the state for the next three days.
Meanwhile, neighbouring Puducherry has been pounded by heavy rains since Thursday night. The Territorial government declared a holiday for all schools and colleges in Puducherry and Karaikal regions on Friday and Saturday due to the heavy showers.
(With inputs from agencies)