After the Depression over the Bay of Bengal began crossing the city coast on Thursday evening, the red alert for Chennai, which indicated hefty rainfall, was lifted. “The depression has begun to make its way up the coast.” It has been moving at a speed of 16 km per hour for the past six hours, and the landfall process will continue for the next two hours,” said S Balachandran, Deputy Director-General of Meteorology.
According to the weather office, the Depression over the Bay of Bengal will cross the coast between north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh this evening, bringing “strong” winds of up to 45 km to the city.
“Arrivals at #AAI Chennai Airport will be suspended today from 1315 hrs to 1800 hrs due to severe rains and strong crosswinds.” Departures will continue to be made. According to a tweet from Chennai Airport, the decision was made “considering the safety of passengers and the severity of the wind.”
Another tweet from the metropolis airport expressed regret for the inconvenience caused to passengers due to the severe weather. “Passengers are advised to contact the relevant airline(s) for any schedule updates. @AAI Official.”
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the Depression will move west-northwestwards and cross the coasts of north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh around Chennai by Thursday evening.
Even as the city and its suburbs received sharp showers all night and Thursday morning, Deputy Director-General of Meteorology S Balachandran said that most districts in northern Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, are likely to receive heavy to hefty rainfall.
M K Stalin, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, reviewed the situation and urged ministers and officials to speed up relief efforts in the affected areas. The Depression over the southwest Bay of Bengal has been moving west-northwestwards at a speed of 21 kmph for the past six hours and was centred at 5.30 a.m. on Thursday over the southwest Bay of Bengal, about 170 km east-southeast of Chennai and 170 km east of Puducherry, according to an India Meteorological Department bulletin issued at 8.30 a.m.