Dec 12, 2016
Wind speed pattern in Chennai right now
Northern prong of storm hits Chennai
The northern prong of cyclone Vardah hits the north of Chennai; heavy rains and high speed winds expected to continue for the next eight to twelve hours.
Rail networks affected
The Chennai suburban railway network has been suspended till further notice. Some trains that are reaching and leaving Chennai have been diverted and cancelled. The Chennai division of southern railway has beed badly affected according to senior officials camping at stations and control rooms.
Wind speeds at 110 kilometres per hour; 2 killed in Tamil Nadu
Two persons were killed as heavy rains accompanied by high velocity winds today pounded the city and coastal districts of north Tamil Nadu due to severe cyclonic storm “Vardah” which began making landfall near here, uprooting hundreds of trees, disrupting land and air transport and throwing normal life out of gear. “The landfall process of cyclone Vardah has begun,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
According to M Mohapatra, Additional Director General (Services) of IMD, the “eye” of the Cyclone is 20 kms off Chennai. “The wind speed near Chennai 90-100 kmph. Heavy rains and storm surge is expected. Landfall process has commenced at 2 PM. The cyclone will cross between 2-5 PM,” Mohapatra said.
Power supply was suspended in many parts of these regions as a precautionary measure. About 8,000 people from low lying areas in north Chennai, Pazhaverkadu in Tiruvallur district and villages off Mamallapuram, in Kanchipuram district were safely evacuated to 95 relief shelters, officials said. Flight operations at the airport here have been suspended till 5 PM.
Long distance buses have been stalled and traffic came to a grinding halt in most areas with uprooted trees and electric poles blocking the roads. All suburban train services have also been suspended. Southern Railway announced cancellation of all 17 trains originating from Chennai central, as well as Egmore. State Principal Secretary (Revenue Administration) K Satyagopal said “human loss is two”, without elaborating.
In a statement, he said 260 trees and 37 electric poles had fallen and 190 tress removed. As many 224 roads were blocked and 24 huts damaged.
The airport has been suspended till 6 pm.
Cyclone Vardah hits Chennai
The severe cyclone has commenced landfall in Chennai; it is in process and will take more than 2 hours to complete, said the ADG of the MeT department, Mahapatra.
Tidal waves have inundated low lying areas
Massive tidal waves have indundated low lying areas reports NewsX.
Wind speech increases to 150 kilometres per hour
The army has said that the wind speech is now clocking at 150 kilometres per hour. The Tamil Nadu government is urging people to stay indoors.
Watch: Winds clocking at more than 100 kilometres per hour
Portion of facade of Grand Hyatt in Guindy succumbs to the severe storm
Here’s a glimpse from Velchery in Chennai sent to us by a resident
Santosh Kumar of the NDRF said that 6 teams have been deployed in Andhra Pradesh, 7 teams have been deployed in Tamil Nadu and they can handle any situation.
List of train cancellation:
Oil tanker overturns
A crude oil tanker overturns due to strong winds and storm in Sullurpeta (Andhra Pradesh). The facade of Grand Hyatt in Chennai suffered some serious damage as well. Take a look:
First arm hits coast near Chennai
The first arm of Cyclone Vardah hits the coast near Chennai with wind speed of 110-120 kilometres per hour. Landfall to take at least another hour says, IMD.
Destruction across Chennai
This picture has been sent by a Chennai resident. A glass panel lies shattered on the ground floor of a flat in Velachery.
Cyclone Vardah hits South Chennai first
Have to remain cautious: Harsh Vardhan
Union Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan told ANI that the Centre, state government and related agencies are on alert.
TN govt requests people not to venture out
The Tamil Nadu government asks people not to go out of their houses between 1 pm to 4 pm.
Cyclone Vardah: Over 9,400 evacuated in AP
Over 9,400 people living along the Bay of Bengal coast in SPS Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh were evacuated to relief camps. Eight fishermen from Tamil Nadu were rescued from the sea near the Sriharikota High Altitude Range. Search was on for ten more persons feared trapped at sea.
With inputs from PTI
All operations at the Chennai airport suspended till 3 pm
10 diving teams embarked on IN Ships Shivalik and Kadmatt, 6 diving teams readied up for immediate deployment.
22 diving teams have been kept standby at Visakhapatnam for immediate deployment, should the situation warrant.
One Survey ship has been kept standby to undertake harbour survey in case of requirement.
Naval aircraft is also standing-by at the Naval Air Stations Rajali and Dega to be pressed into action to augment HADR operations.
Cylone Vardah now 10 kilometres away from Chennai; 8 fishermen rescued
Cyclone Vardah has reached closed to Sriharikota.
Eight Tamil Nadu fishermen rescued from rough seas. Earlier, a warning was given out that fishermen should not venture out to sea till at least 48 hours.
Food and essential commodities kept ready: N Chandrababu Naidu
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is monitoring the situation through teleconference with top officials and has said that food and other essential commodities have been kept ready in adequate quantities.
19 teams of NDRF deployed in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu
Cyclone leads to destruction
AIADMK urges people to DM them in case they need help
9400 people evacuated from Andhra Pradesh
CNN News18 reports that 9400 people evacuated from Andhra Pradesh in light of the cyclone.
Cyclone Vardah fast approaching
The cyclone has reached the north of Chennai, approximately near Pulicat.
Army columns on standby
Seven army columns (updated figure) ready and on standby for rescue and relief operations, say army sources.
Tamil Nadu government urges people to stay indoors
Request people not to venture out of their houses between 1 pm to 4 pm in light of Cyclone Vardah.
Landfall happening; windspeeds clocking 100 kilometres per hour
“Landfall happening and you can see the eye of the cyclone over Chennai with one half in north chennai completely clear. In Chennai, wind speeds are clocking 100 km/hr and rainfall is close to 160 mm from morning. Intense rains are happening in South Chennai see the SRI (Surface rainfall insensity Radar tool). Its heavy rains in south Chennai. Vardah has given much needed rains and shown to people of Chennai what can a cyclone winde feel like. Most probably the last update from me, as there is no further battery back up,” writes Tamil Nadu Weatherman in his Facebook post.
Amma canteens serve free food
Amma canteens serve free food today in light of Cyclone Vardah at 407 canteens
Evacuation in light of Cyclone Vardah
7357 people have been evacuated to 54 relief centres safely so far.
Watch: How Chennai is experiencing rainfall
Video courtesy: Satwik Gade
Watch: Real-time graphics on Cyclone Vardah
Watch: How Cyclone Vardah is expected to intensify
No sign of cyclone in Puducherry
While Chennai experiences heavy rainfall, at 12.42 on 12 December, there is no sign on heavy rain or a trace of cyclone near Puducherry, roughly 155 kilometres from Chennai.
600 army jawans on standby as Cyclone Vardah, currently 51 kilometres away from Chennai is expected to make land fall at Nellore in approximtely an hour. Navy has kept 11 ships on standby.
CNN News 18
Strongs winds continue to uproot trees
MK Stalin urges people to stay indoors
People advised to stay inside as winds clock 100 kilometres per hour speed
Strong winds uproot trees
Inundated roads in some parts of Chennai, Tamil Nadu
O Paneerselvam consults with higher officials
The Tamil Nadu chief minister O Paneerselvam is consulting with officials to keep a track of the growing Cyclone Vardah.
Watch: Heavy rains in Tamil Nadu
AIADMK said in a tweet that the trees uprooted on Kamaraj Salai are being cleared.
Visuals from Chennai airport
Rain and strong winds lash Chennai, here’s a peek:
Storm seems to be gathering momentum
Damage in Tambaram, Chennai
Twitterati shares videos of the storm
Images: Rainfall in Chennai’s Meenambakkam
TN government asks to evacuate those living in Ennore and Palaverkadu
People living in Ennore and Palaverkadu have been asked to evacuate by Tamil Nadu Government.
Chennai: Suburban train lines suspended
Cyclone Vardah: Police deployed on beach road in Puducherry
The Puducherry government took precautionary steps to prevent tourists and other people from going close to the sea shore. Police personnel were deployed on the entire two-and-a-half kilometre stretch of beach road and barricades were also put on all roads close to the sea shore.
All schools and colleges are closed today. Special meetings of the officials of Revenue and Disaster Management Department to ensure that all necessary arrangements were in place.
Control rooms were opened with toll free numbers 1070 and 1077 for people.
Flow of vehicles at various important centres was thin. Puducherry experienced intermittent drizzle from early morning due to approaching very severe cyclone Vardah.
Cyclone Vardah: Rail and air services affected in Chennai
Rail and flight services here were affected by heavy rain and strong winds that lashed the city and other coastal areas of Tamil Nadu due to cyclone Vardah, officials said.
Around 25 incoming flights, including those from international destinations, were diverted to the nearby Hyderabad and Bangalore airports due to strong winds and poor visibility, airport officials said. Nearly 25 outbound flights were delayed, officials said, adding that there was no inundation of the runway despite heavy rains. An emergency management team was on standby to meet any eventuality, they said.
The Southern Railway meanwhile, announced suspension of services on the Chennai Beach and Velacherry MRTS route.
Similarly suburban rail services on the MMC-Gummidipoondi line were also suspended until further notice. Some passenger trains coming to Chennai and leaving the city were also diverted.
AIADMK releases helpline numbers
Watch: Cyclone Vardha in Chennai
Source: RJ Ajay from Chennai
Adverse weather affects travel
Breakdown of the Vardah cyclone
The most intense rain bands are just ahead of Chennai. Next round of rain and wins follow after the centre completes landfall.
Flights diverted, trains cancelled
CNN News18 reports that 27 flights have been diverted from Chennai and 26 departures were cancelled from Chennai. Electric supply has been hit in Tamil Nadu.
Tamil Nadu electricity board puts out precautionary measures
Toll free emergency number
Publiccan contact District EmergencyOperations Centre’s toll free number 1077 for help in emergency. It’s for all districts.
Cyclone Vardha too close to Chennai
Atmospheric pressure drops
The atmospheric pressure in Chennai Nungambkkam IMD drops less than 1000mb indicating that the landfall of Cyclone Vardah is not very far away.
Vardah is now close to Chennai
Helpline numbers for residents affected by Cylone Vardah
24/7 Control Room – 044-25619206 / 25619511 / 25384965 / 25383694 / 25367823 / 25387570 To complain via WhatsApp – 9445477207, 9445477203, 9445477206, 9445477201, 9445477205 E-mail complaints to – email@example.com (or) firstname.lastname@example.org (or) email@example.com (or) firstname.lastname@example.org (or) email@example.com
Source: Chennai Weatherman
Cyclone Vardah: What to expect
Light to moderate rainfall very likely over north coastal Andhra Pradesh during the same period. The sea condition would be rough to very rough along and off Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu coasts commencing from 11 December night.
Sea condition along and off these coasts will become high from 12 December morning. There is damage expected to thatched huts. Minor damage to power and communication lines due to breaking of branches should be expected.
Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea along and off South Andhra Pradesh, north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts for the next 48 hours.
Satellite image of the cyclone
The Regional Meteorological Centre in Chennai said ‘Vardah’ lay centred at 330 km east of Chennai at 2.30 pm on Sunday and would move westwards before making landfall between north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts tomorrow afternoon. Under its impact, rains will start Monday night and gradually increase on Tuesday in the northern districts of Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram, S Balachandran, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, said.
Visualisation of the cyclonic storm
Find a real-time visualisation of the storm here.
On 12 December, heavy to very heavy rains are likely in some places in these districts. Chief Minister O Panneerselvam held a meeting of the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority which also asked the armed forces to be on standby.
Cyclone Vardah to makes landfall
Severe cyclonic storm ‘Vardah’ will make a landfall between north Tamil Nadu and south Andra Pradesh soon, as both the coastal states have put in place a number of measures to deal with it even as Tamil Nadu announced holiday for all educational institutions in four districts.
New Delhi: Cyclonic storm Vardah, which was earlier expected to weaken considerably, may not see its intensity going down when it makes landfall near Chennai on Monday. According to the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department, (IMD), Vardah, which is currently, a very severe cyclonic storm, will weaken, but only to a severe cyclonic storm.
Cyclone Vardah over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
The earlier forecast made by the IMD was that it would weaken into a cyclonic storm, thereby reducing its intensity considerably. At 9.30 am, the cyclone was lay centered around 105 kms east-northeast of Chennai.
By the time it makes a landfall, its wind speed is expected to be 100-110 kilometres per hours with winds gusting up to 120 kmph. The wind speed during a very severe cyclonic storm is 120 to 130 kmph. In a severe cyclonic storm the wind speed is somewhere between 110 to 80 kilometres per hour. One of the major reasons for destruction in any cyclone is the wind velocity, apart from heavy to heavy rains and flooding.
Rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry is very likely during 36 hrs. The rainfall intensity will increase gradually becoming heavy to very heavy rainfall (7-19 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall (20 centimetres) over Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Nellore and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh on 12 December, the IMD said.
Tidal wave of about one metre height above the astronomical tide is very likely to inundate the low lying areas of Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Nellore districts of Andhra Pradesh during the time of landfall.
With inputs from PTI
First Published On : Dec 12, 2016 16:26 IST