Chennai, Dec 8 (BPNS)
With Cyclone Mandous followed by heavy rains expected on December 9th, the Tamil Nadu government has declared a holiday for schools and colleges in eight districts of the state. Schools and colleges in Chennai, Cuddalore, Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, Tiruvallur, Ranipet, Villupuram, and Vellore will remain closed on December 9th due to the cyclone and heavy rains.
Strong winds are expected in the north Tamil Nadu coast and in Puducherry and Sri Harikota around Mahabalipuram on December 9 , midnight.
The winds are likely to turn into a severe storm by December 8th evening and maintain its intensity till December 9th morning. The storm is likely to weaken into a cyclonic storm and cross North Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts with a wind speed of 85 kmph around Friday midnight.
According to weather department, heavy rains may begin in Delta districts on Thursday evening and the IMD said that the rain intensity may peak on Friday night as cyclone gets closer to the coast.
Chennai will have heavy rains on December 9th and 10th with rains expected to be around 20cm. The weather department said that rains will be extremely heavy in the Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, and Villupuram districts of Tamil Nadu, and a red alert is declared in the three districts.