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Cyclone Mandous hits Tamil Nadu coast, heavy rains, uprooted trees; Roads submerged in Chennai

Cyclonic storm 'Mandous' crossed the coast in Tamil Nadu late on Friday night with a speed of 75 km per hour. After which the cyclone has weakened due to deep pressure.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The next few hours could be troublesome for Tamil Nadu. Cyclonic storm ‘Mandous’ made landfall near Mamallapuram here late on Friday, causing moderate to heavy rains in coastal Tamil Nadu. Cyclonic storm ‘Mandous’ made landfall in Tamil Nadu late on Friday night with a wind speed of 75 kmph. After this, the cyclone has weakened due to deep pressure.

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The head of the regional meteorological center of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), S. Balachandran told that the process of landfall has started, it is going on. Under the influence of the cyclonic storm, moderate to heavy rain occurred in many coastal areas. In such a situation, people have been advised not to leave their homes.

The cyclone made landfall at around 10.30 pm on Friday night and crossed the coast between Puducherry and Sriharikota near Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) in Tamil Nadu with a wind speed of 75 kmph at around 1.30 am.

Thereafter it weakened and Chennai received 115.1 mm of rain till 5.30 am. Thirteen domestic and three international flights were canceled at the Chennai airport due to bad weather. Chennai International Airport tweeted, “Passengers are requested to contact the concerned airline for further information.

Uprooting of trees has been reported on East Coast Road in Chengalpattu district and GST Road in Chengalpattu district. Chengalpattu Collector said that there was no major damage to the electric poles. According to the information, about 200 small and big trees were uprooted in Chennai. Chennai Commissioner Gagandeep Singh said that due to proactive measures major damage has been averted in Chennai, which is a matter of relief.

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On the intensity scale, it was earlier classified as a ‘severe cyclonic storm’. It has since intensified into a ‘cyclonic storm’ with winds reaching 62-88 km/h. In a ‘super cyclonic storm’, winds blow at a speed of 222+ kmph.

It is a slow moving cyclone and absorbs a lot of moisture. The cyclone gains strength as the wind speeds up. An official statement from the meteorological department said the cyclone is “very likely” to maintain the intensity of a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ till Friday morning and then gradually weaken. According to the police, 16,000 policemen and 1,500 home guards have been deployed besides a 40-member team of the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Response Force for security, relief and rescue operations.

Cyclones across the world are named by the respective specialised regional meteorological centres and tropical cyclone warning centres. There are six regional centres, including the IMD; and five tropical warning centres.

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