CHENNAI: Heavy rain sheeting down in Chennai and its neighboring areas since Thursday morning brought problems like waterlogging and traffic gridlock with it. The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) predicted rain along with thunderstorm activity, which is likely to continue in the city and several districts for the next three hours.
Several areas including Thiruvottiyur, Tondiarpet, Broadway, Arumbakkam, Ekkatuthangal, and Pallavaram witnessed heavy rain with strong wind for the past few hours.
Due to downward atmospheric circulation prevailing over North Tamil Nadu and adjoining areas, thunderstorm with light to moderate rain is likely to occur over 33 districts, including Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Krishnagiri, Dharmapurui, Thirupattur, Vellore, Ranipet, Salem, Karur, Namakkal, Thiruvannamalai, Kallakurichi.
The centre forecast heavy rain for several districts of Tamil Nadu for the same for the next three days - the Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Theni, Dindigul, Erode, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri and Salem.
Additionally, fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea till Monday. As squally wind with speed reaching 40 kmph -50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is likely to prevail over Comorin area in Kanniyakumari, Gulf of Mannar, Tamil Nadu coast, Sri Lanka coast and adjoining Southwest Bay of Bengal.
Commenting on the heavy rains, bloggers stated that places along the coast line could see heavy spell of rains from beat stationary storms. Rains is likely to lash over Chennai and suburbs for the next few hours.