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Chennai Rains 2017 Update: Heavy showers to continue; flooding to persist

November 4, 2017 7:00 AM |


Chennai rains have been causing chaos across the city as heavy downpours refuse to take a break for the four consecutive days. In the past day, hefty showers, along with strong winds and lightning strikes kept the Chennaities up all night worrying about the 2015 Chennai massacre.

On Thursday, Nungambakkam Observatory in Chennai recorded three digit rains to the tune of 183 mm of rain, while Minambakkam witnessed 141 mm. Other areas of Tamil Nadu that recorded good showers in last 24 hours were Parangipettai at 142 mm, Karaikal at 81 mm, and Nagapattinam at 51 mm.

In fact the state capital has recorded over 70% of its monthly rainfall in first three days of the month itself.


The rainy nightmare has led to waterlogging and localized flooding across Chennai and many other coastal stations. Schools and colleges also remain shut fourth day as well. IT companies have also been asked to declare a holiday and ask their employees to work from home.

Now, moderate to heavy Monsoon rains are likely to continue across Chennai as well as coastal Tamil Nadu due to the Low Pressure area which lies over the southwest Bay of Bengal off Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka Coast. This weather system is likely to move slowly west North West wards and gradually weaken.

Check out the live lightning and thunderstorm status across Chennai
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Moderate lightning strikes are also possible along the Tamil Nadu coast including Chennai. Flood like situation may arise at once again at some places along the coastal areas. Coastal Andhra Pradesh may also witness moderate to heavy rains.

Moderate to heavy rain is likely to continue during the next 4 days. Thereafter, rain intensity is likely to reduce. With this, people across the coastal areas will continue to face problems such as water logging, traffic jams and flash floods at several places.

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