Cyclone Vardah to pour down on Chennai

CHENNAI: Chennai and its adjoining districts and provinces in north Tamil Nadu as well as south Andhra Pradesh coast will receive heavy to very heavy rain starting Sunday evening due to a severe cyclonic storm — Vardah (pronounced vaardah, an Urdu word given by Pakistan) – which is likely to make landfall on Monday evening .

”The cyclone is at present situated 480km east north-east off Chennai coast. It is likely to move south westward over the Bay of Bengal and cross north Tamil Nadu and South Andhra coast, mostly near Chennai, on Monday evening,” a regional meteorological centre official told TOI. Chennai and neighbouring areas would receive heavy to very heavy rainfall from Sunday evening, he added.

“The wind speed is around 11km and it will intensify by today evening and later weaken and cross the coast by Monday evening,” the official said.

Fishermen in north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra coast have been advised not to venture into the sea.