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Cyclonic storm 'Michaung' has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The storm is expected to make landfall along the west-central Bay of Bengal, near south Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu coasts on December 5. At present, the cyclonic storm is situated over the Southwest Bay of Bengal and is forecasted to continue moving northwestwards, gaining strength, and reaching the Westcentral Bay of Bengal by Monday morning.
IMD predicts that the storm will gradually intensify as it moves almost parallel and close to the south Andhra Pradesh coast. It is anticipated to cross the South Andhra Pradesh coast between Nellore and Machilipatnam, near Bapatla on December 5 in the morning, with sustained wind speeds of 90-100 kmph and gusts up to 110 kmph.
Tamil Nadu | 12 Madras Unit of Indian Army rescues people from Mugalivakkam and Manapakkam areas in Chennai that are affected by heavy rainfall and massive waterlogging.— ANI (@ANI) December 4, 2023
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As a result of Cyclone Michaung, heavy rainfall has caused severe waterlogging in various areas of Chennai. Many low-lying regions, including hospitals and residential areas, have experienced flooding, and efforts are underway by local authorities to clear the stagnant water. The inclement weather has also disrupted train and flight services, leading to the closure of the Chennai bench of the Madras High Court and all district courts in the city.
Instances of waterlogging have been reported in parts of Chennai, such as Maduravoyal, Porur, Saligaramam, and Valasaravakkam. Additionally, strong winds have resulted in the uprooting of trees in several locations.