Heavy rains, on Tuesday, lashed parts of Tamil Nadu -- including Chennai -- and neighbouring Puducherry, disrupting scheduled flights and inundating several areas.
The weather office has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Wednesday as well, especially over the northern districts of Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram.
“The trough of low pressure now lies over southwest Bay adjoining Sri Lanka off Tamil Nadu,” officials at the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) told PTI.
Under its influence, widespread rains are expected across the state on Wednesday, with the possibility of “scattered heavy to isolated very heavy rainfall over coastal districts,” officials said.
The weather office forecast “isolated extremely heavy rainfall” for Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur which have been already been facing the brunt of the northeast monsoon since last month.
Education institutes in the rainfall-affected areas were also closed on Tuesday due to heavy downpour, officials said.
In Chennai, people found it tough to make it to their workplaces on time with the incessant rainfall resulting in water-logging in several areas. Many of them opted to travel by state government buses, suburban train services and metro trains.
Most roads were left in a damaged state, with motorists finding it hard to navigate through potholes.
At Adyar, a part of the road near the Madhya Kailash intersection, had caved in on Monday, prompting authorities to redirect traffic from the busy stretch.
Flight operations also took a hit due to the inclement weather. Airport officials said one flight, which left Colombo this morning, had to return.
Puducherry -- where the downpour has not ceased since last night -- recorded 15.2cm rain in the last 24 hours ending at 0830 hours on Tuesday, disrupting normal life and forcing educational institutes to remain shut.