Chennai, Oct 19 : The met office has forecast more rains at most places in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during the next 24 hours as the Trough of Low Pressure over the South West Bay persists.
Met office sources told UNI here today that the Low Pressure extends from Gulf of Comerin area to West Central Bay off South Andhra Coast across Gulf of Mannar and South West Bay off Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts. Under its influence heavy rain or thundershowers would occur at most places in Tamil Nadu and Pududhcerry during the next 24 hours. Forecasting heavy rainfall during the same period, the met office said isolated heavy to very heavy rains would occur over South Tamil Nadu and Ghat areas of North Interior Tamil Nadu.
Isolated heavy rains would also occur over the rest of Tamil Nadu during the next 24 hours. Chennai City, which was lashed by heavy rains yesterday and early this morning, got some respite as sun shone brightly for a few hours. Like yesterday, around noon, thick clouds paved way for fresh spell of rain.After yesterday's heavy pounding, the intensity of the rains came down early this morning resulting in stagnated rain waters receding in several parts of the city, ensuring free flow of traffic.
However, some of the low-lying suburbs were still inundated. All schools and colleges in Chennai city and suburbs were declared a holiday for the day. Reports received here said heavy rains lashed the southern districts, with Thondi in Ramanathapuram recorded a maximum of 26 cms of rain during the last 24 hours ending at 0830 hrs this morning. Tiruchendur in Tuticorin district received 20 cms of rain followed by Manimutharu (17 cms), Ramanathapuram (16), Ponneri (13) and Radhapuram (12).
The Chennai City recorded eight cms of rain during the last 24 hours, while the suburban Meenambakkam recorded five cms of rain. Schools and colleges in some rain battered districts have declared a holiday for the day.
Following is the chief amount of rainfall recorded in cms during the last 24 hours ending at 0830 hrs this morning: Thondi (Ramanathapuram Dist) 26, Tiruchendur (Toothukudi Dist) 20, Manimutharu (Tirunelveli Dist) 17, Ramanathapuram (Ramanathapuram Dist) 16, Ponneri (Tiruvallur Dist) 13, Radhapuram (Tirunelveli Dist), Madavaram AWS (Tiruvallur Dist) and Chidambaram AWS (Cuddalore Dist) 12 each, Mahabalipuram (Kancheepuram Dist), Marakkanam (Villupuram Dist)and Karaikal (Karaikal Dist) 11 each, Puducherry (Puducherry Dist) 10, Cuddalore (Cuddalore Dist), Red hills (Tiruvallur Dist), Trangambadi and Mayiladuthurai (both Nagapattinam Dist), Muthupet (Tiruvarur Dist) and Chengalpattu (Kancheepuram Dist) 9 each, Thiruthuraipoondi (Tiruvarur Dist), Bhoothapandy, Colachel, Nagercoil, Thuckalay and Pechiparai (all Kanyakumari Dist), Cholavaram (Tiruvallur Dist)and Chennai Nungambakkam (Chennai Dist) 8 each, Udumalpet (Tiruppur Dist), DGP office and Anna University (both Chennai Dist), Poondi and Tiruvallur (both Tiruvallur Dist), Kollidam and Sirkali (both Nagapattinam Dist),Cheranmahadevi (Tirunelveli Dist), Adirampatnam (Thanjavur Dist), Srivaikuntam (Toothukudi Dist), Vanur (Villupuram Dist), R S mangalam (Ramanathapuram Dist) and Illayangudi (Sivaganga Dist) 7 each, Parangipettai and Chidambaram (both Cuddalore Dist), Thiruvalangadu (Tiruvallur Dist), Kelambakkam and Uthiramerur (both Kancheepuram Dist), Devakottai and Karaikudi (both Sivaganga Dist), Arani (Tiruvannamalai Dist), Nanguneri (Tirunelveli Dist), Sholingur (Vellore Dist), Nagapattinam (Nagapattinam Dist), Pamban (Ramanathapuram Dist)and Tirupathur (Sivaganga Dist) 6 each, Eraniel, Kuzhithurai and Mylaudy (all Kanyakumari Dist), Paramakudi, Mudukulatur and Kadaladi (all Ramanathapuram Dist),Ambasamudram (Tirunelveli Dist), Tirupuvanam, Sivaganga and Manamadurai (all Sivaganga Dist), Chennai Airport and Maduranthagam (both Kancheepuram Dist), Toothukudi and Vilathikulam (both Toothukudi Dist), Vedaranyam (Nagapattinam Dist), Coonoor (Nilgiris Dist), Tiruvarur (Tiruvarur Dist), R K pet and Poonamallee (both Tiruvallur Dist), Tirukoilur and Villupuram (both Villupuram Dist),Cheyyar (Tiruvannamalai Dist)and Kalavai AWS (Vellore Dist) 5 each, Pattukottai, Kumbakonam, Madukkur and Peravurani (all Thanjavur Dist), Vandavasi and Sathanur dam (both Tiruvannamalai Dist), Arakonam and Vellore (both Vellore Dist), Palani and Natham (both Dindigul Dist, Melur (Madurai Dist), Tambaram and Sriperumbudur (both Kancheepuram Dist), Tirumayam (Pudukkottai Dist), Kodavasal (Tiruvarur Dist), Kattumannarkoil and Sethiathope (both Cuddalore Dist), Shencottah (Tirunelveli Dist) and Mylam AWS (Villupuram Dist) 4 each.