Cyclone Mandous lies 530 km southeast of Karaikal

Cyclone Mandous (pronounced Man-Dous) lies 530 km southeast of Karaikal, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) announced on Thursday. Under its influence, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely in Chennai and other districts in Tamil Nadu over the next two days.

The storm is likely to move west-northwestwards and cross the coasts of north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh, between Puducherry and Sriharikota, around midnight on December 9 with a wind speed of 65-75 kmph. As a result, light to moderate rainfall is likely to occur at a few places in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal until December 11.

Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy chaired a meeting on Wednesday to review the territorial government’s preparedness in case of exigencies arising due to heavy rainfall expected to pound Puducherry and Karaikal under the influence of a cyclonic storm over Bay of Bengal. Speaking to reporters at his cabinet room after the meeting, the Chief Minister said the IMD has issued heavy rainfall warning in Puducherry and Karaikal regions under the influence of a cyclonic storm over Bay of Bengal on Thursday.

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