Chennai: Heavy rain lashed various parts of Tamilnadu last night despite the Met department claiming that the southwest monsoon is still moderate in the State. Many parts of north Tamilnadu witnessed good showers with Kanchipuram topping with massive rainfall of 6 cm.
WHY DID IT RAIN?
The Met department said a trough is extending from coastal Andhra Pradesh all the way up to southern Tamilnadu which contributed to yesterday’s heavy rainfall. It further said the situation is likely to continue today as well.
Speaking to News Today, an official from the Meteorological department, said, ‘A trough on sea level chart extends from coastal Andhra Pradesh to extreme south peninsula across interior Tamilnadu. In addition, two other troughs are extending across the northern parts of Bay of Bengal. All these have contributed to yesterday’s rain while the southwest Monsoon is also generally moderate over the region.’
‘Kanchipuram recorded a maximum rainfall of 6 cm followed by Coonoor PTO, Valparai PTO and Chengalpet which recorded 4 cm each. Chembarambakkam, Tiruvallur, Vridhachalam, Chinnakalar, Arani, Kumarapalayam, Kaveripakkam, Ennore AWS and Chennai AP recorded 3 cm each. Wallajah, Yercaud, Coonoor, Kalavai AWS, Periyar, Madavaram AWS, Bhavani, Tiruttani, Mahabalipuram, Vellore, G Bazaar, Valparai taluk office and Thuckalay recorded 2 cm each,’ he added.
‘Meenambakkam and Nungambakkam recorded a maximum temperature of 39 degrees Celsius. Minimum temperatures were 22.4 and 24.3 degrees Celsius at the two centres. Maximum temperatures rose up by 2.3 degrees Celsius while minimum temperatures dropped by 4.8 degrees Celsius from the seasonal normal. Both centres recorded maximum rainfall of 2.56 cm and 1.46 cm. Relative humidity was 78 and 73 per cent,’ the official further added.
Following yesterday’s rain, power was shut down in various parts of the city’s suburban areas. Residents alleged that the shut down continued for hours causing great misery.
A resident of Urapakkam said, ‘Power supply went off at 9.30 pm and was restored only at 3.30 am. We suffered a lot. Whenever there is rain, power goes off.’
Power supply was cut even at Selaiyur throughout the night. When contacted, an EB official, said, ‘Due to rain, fuses got blown at various parts of the locality. It took a lot of time for us to rectify it.’