Cyclone Vardah: Trees Uprooted in Chennai, Wind Speed At 150 km/hour

Vardah, which is currently a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’, will weaken only to a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ -NDTV

CHENNAI:  Cyclone Vardah is likely to make landfall in Tamil Nadu at 1.30 pm today, a statement from the Navy said. Wind speed has crossed 150 km/hour and massive uprooting of trees has been reported in Chennai, it said.
The cyclone is expected to make landfall near Pulicat, around 60 km from Chennai. Centre today asked Tamil Nadu government to keep a vigil in areas of Poondi, Chembarampakkam and other reservoirs in view of heavy to very heavy rainfall coupled with cyclonic storm Vardah.

According to the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department, (IMD), Vardah, which is currently, a very severe cyclonic storm, will weaken, but only to a severe cyclonic storm.

The wind speed during a very severe cyclonic storm is 120 to 130 kmph. In a severe cyclonic storm the wind speed is somewhere between 110 to 80 kmph.

“With a rainfall forecast that the rainfall intensity will increase gradually becoming heavy to very heavy rainfall (7-19 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall (20 cm) over Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu, good inflows are likely into the reservoirs of Poondi, Chembarampakkam and other lakes around the Chennai city.Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Nellore and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh on December 12, the IMD said
“As the lakes are not full, the inflows shall increase the levels in the reservoirs considerably. State government has been advised to maintain strict vigil at all the lakes in case of exceptionally heavy rainfall,” Union Water Resources ministry said in a statement.


Indian Navy has already set INS Shivalik(F47) and INS Kadmatt(P29) Holding North of Chennai to provide Immediate assistance if required.