CHENNAI: The deep depression which was formed 180 km southeast of Chennai in the Bay of Bengal and has moved with a pace of 15 km from Sunday midnight to Monday noon causing everything from heavy inundation on roads, tree collapses and institutions to shut temporarily.
A holiday was declared in educational institutions in many districts like Krishnagiri, Tiruvannamalai, Vellore, Namakkal, Pudukottai, Dharmapuri etc due to the persisting rains over the weekend which continued onto Monday.
The intensity of the heavy winds and rains in places like Puducherry and Chennai caused everything from structure collapses, on-off powercuts and fallen trees which in turn caused several overhead internet and cable wires to snap besides blocking roads.
As high as 136.5 mm rain lashed the capital on Sunday with the weather retaining an average of 24 degree celcius. This heavy downpour continued onto Tuesday when the city amidst heavy winds and flooded streets the morning recorded 35 mm even rain before 8.30 am with Pondicherry recording one of the highest the morning with 133.8 mm. High rainfall was recorded at Villupuram - 71 mm rainfall and Thidivanam -65 mm rainfall, on Monday morning as well.
The skies stayed overcast through the morning with winds picking up. The depression is said to move northwest over the state allowing the monsoon skies to clear.