CHENNAI: The well marked low pressure over south west Bay of Bengal, which had threatened to lash Chennai on Monday, has moved north westward, said the regional meteorological department.
This comes much to the relief of both public and administration, already reeling under the heavy rains that brought most part of the city under a thick sheet of water. The widespread and severe inundation that has made roads, drains and canals indistinguishable from one another has brought the metropolis to an almost complete standstill.
The low pressure system brought heavy showers in the peri urban areas, with Ponneri receiving as much as 37 cm rains in 24 hours. Tambaram and Mahabalipuram recorded 33 cm rains overnight.
The forecast for the next 24 hours warns of more rain in many northern districts of Tamil Nadu and a few places in south, till the system heads to southern Andhra coast. This is expected to bring showers to districts adjoining rayalaseema and coastal Andhra like Vellore, Tiruvallur, Chennai and Kanchepuram, said weathermen, adding that the intensity of the showers will however reduce as the low pressure moves further away.
Sea will be rough, fisherman are advised not to venture into the sea.