In a sudden turn of events, Chennai finds itself in the throes of a weather emergency, courtesy of Cyclone Michaung. The city is grappling with the aftermath of the cyclone, with casualties reported and significant disruptions across various sectors.
With at least 8 reported deaths, the situation in Chennai has reached a critical point. The Tamil Nadu government has declared a public holiday in key districts, including Chennai, Chengalpattu, Tiruvallur, and Kancheepuram. Emergency response teams are on high alert, working tirelessly to manage the crisis.
The impact on transportation infrastructure is evident, with train services suspended and a flurry of flights diverted or canceled at the Chennai airport. The chaos underscores the magnitude of the challenge posed by Cyclone Michaung.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) reports that Cyclone Michaung is on a north-northwest course, with the impending landfall expected between Nellore and Machilipatnam. Encouragingly, a reduced rainfall intensity is forecast, providing a ray of hope after the initial deluge.
As the cyclone gears up for landfall, it is projected to hit as a Severe Cyclonic Storm, with sustained winds reaching 90-100 kmph, gusting up to 110 kmph. The IMD’s detailed bulletin dissects the storm’s trajectory and potential impact on the coastal regions.
The Tamil Nadu government’s proactive response includes a declared public holiday in affected districts and robust relief efforts. Essential services are operational, and preventive measures are underway.