Depression crosses coast, IMD withdraws red alert to 16 dists

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Chennai, Nov 19 : The depression over the southwest Bay of Bengal crossed the North Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts between Puducherry and Chennai early on Friday morning.

Met office source said the system, moved west-northwestwards and crossed the North Tamil Nadu and adjoining South Andhra Pradesh coasts between Puducherry and Chennai.

It started crossing the coast at 0130 hrs and completely crossed the coast by 0400 hrs. As the system crossed the coast, the Met office has withdrawn the red alert issued to Chennai and 15 districts, including the Cauvery delta districts.

Mr S.Balachandran, Deputy Director General of Meteorology said the system now lies over North Tamil Nadu and neighbourhood about 60 km south-south west of Chennai and 60 km northeast of Puducherry.

it is very like to continue to move west-northwestwards and weaken gradually into a well marked low pressure during the next 12 hours. Meanwhile, people of Chennai and suburbs, heaved a major sigh of relief, as there was no extremely rainfall as forecast by the met office when compared to the last week’s depression which also crossed the coast near Chennai bringing in heavy rainfall leading to flooding.

Right from yesterday morning, there were intermittent showers along with gusty winds leading to water logging in several areas. However, normal life did not get affected.

The Met office said since the depression had crossed the coast, the rains would abate from today afternoon. Schools and colleges in several districts have been declared a holiday for the day.

Puducherry received a maximum of 19 cms of rain during the last 24 hrs ending at 0830 hrs this morning, followed by Cuddalore (14.2 cm) and Tirupattur (13.2 cm). Chennai city received a maximum of 4.5 cm, while the suburban Meenambakkam observatory recorded 5.4 cm of rains.


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