Cyclonic winds bypassed the Indian coast and moved towards Bangladesh today but left in its wake heavy rain in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.
The states had earlier been warned that a cyclone could hit in the next 48 hours
Tamil Nadu, where flood caused massive damage last year, has kept around 25 boats on stand-by and the National Disaster Response Force has also sent boats. Senior officers have been sent to areas in the state where there may be heavy rainfall.
The previous forecast from the meteorological department is that heavy rains will continue. The low pressure in the Bay of Bengal that had formed has now turned into a depression, that lies about 250 km south east of Chennai, just off the coast of Tamilnadu. The rain is likely to gain momentum in the next 48 hours.
Many areas like Guindy, Kolapakkam, Taramani, Sholinganallur also received more than 70 mm rainfall in the past 24 hours
Chembarambakkam received the highest rainfall of 107 mm.