Heavy rains as well as squally winds on Monday lashed the northern coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, as cyclonic storm ‘Vardah’ was expected to hit land within the afternoon.

Cyclone Vardah can build landfall between north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh on Monday. both the coastal states have place in place variety of measures to handle it and Tamil Nadu has declared a holiday for all academic institutions in four districts.

The governments of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry have swung into action. The chief ministers are perpetually watching things and are holding meetings with their various officers.

How dangerous is Cyclone Vardah?

The Regional meteorologic Centre said Cyclone Vardah lay centred at 330 kilometer east of Chennai at 14:30 hours on Sunday and would move westward before creating landfall on Monday afternoon between north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts .

The earlier forecast was that it might weaken into a cyclonic storm, thereby reducing its intensity significantly. At 9:30 AM, the cyclone was lay focused around 105 kms east-northeast of Chennai.

By the time it makes reaches land, its wind speed is predicted to be 100-110 kmph with winds gusting up to 120 kmph. The wind speed throughout a very severe cyclonic storm is 120 to 130 kmph.

Under its impact, rains started on Sunday night and are bit by bit increasing within the northern districts of   S Balachandran, Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram, Director, area Cyclone Warning Centre, said, adding that sturdy winds may hit quickens to 80-90 kilometers per hour.

What threats will it pose?
The Indian meteorologic Department said it’s going to cause harm to thatched huts and power and communication lines.
Damage might also be caused to crops and orchards in Chennai, Ongole and Nellore districts of Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu.

What are the preventive measures being taken?
The Tamil Nadu government has declared a holiday for academic institutions in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur, besides coastal areas of Villupuram. Necessary steps for making certain the safety of their students, particularly hostel inmates, and their water and food necessities are also being taken.
It additionally asked non-public institutions and undertakings in these districts to permit their employees to take a holiday or work from home.

Arrangements are being made to evacuate individuals from low-lying and vulnerable areas. Relief centres are being kept in readiness in conjunction with necessary food, water and alternative arrangements.

Food and alternative essential commodities are being kept prepared in adequate quantities.
The Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard are alerted to get on standby for preparation as and once necessary,
NDRF, SDRF, fire and Rescue services department personnel have already been pre-positioned and shall be instantly utilized where necessary for rescue and relief operations.
Health department has been asked to take measures to organise special camps and to pre-position generators, emergency supplies, medicines and oxygen cylinders in Government hospitals.

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