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Cyclone Mahasen to bring rain

DC | 09th May 2013

Chennai: With a well-marked low pressure system formed roughly 1,200 km off Chennai coast, the predicted Cyclone Mahasen is expected to bring rainfall to Tamil Nadu next week.

“After the presence of upper air circulation over the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday, we are able to see a well-marked low pressure area in the southeast Bay on Wednesday,” said Dr Y.E.A. Raj, deputy director general of meteorology, Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Chennai.

According to IMD website, the low pressure is expected to turn into a depression, a deep depression and later into a cyclone and further intensify into a super cyclone and make landfall near Orissa by May 16. 


Cyclone Mahasen expected to bring rainfall to TN next week

With a well-marked low pressure system formed roughly 1,200 km off Chennai coast, the predicted Cyclone Mahasen is expected to bring more rainfall to Tamil Nadu next week.

“After the presence of upper air circulation over the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday, we are able to see a well-marked low pressure area in the southeast Bay on Wednesday,” said Dr Y.E.A. Raj, deputy director general of meteorology, Re­gi­onal Meteorological Cen­tre (RMC), Chennai. 

Accor­ding to Meteo­rological De­pa­­­rtment we­bsite, the low pressure is expected to turn into a depression, a deep depression and later into a cyclone and further intensify into a super cyclone and make landfall near Orissa by May 16. However,  astro meteorologist S. Ramac­handran said the cyclone would lose its projected strength and instead make landfall near TN or Andhra Pradesh coast by May 15.

“The planetary positions clearly show that the influence of one of the planets on the Sun will reduce after May 15. So we should get good rainfall on May 15. The predicted cyclone might lose its steam and make landfall near Andhra Pradesh coast,” said Ramachandran, who added that unlike Cyclone Thane, which was more wind- based system, the expected cyclone ‘Mahasen’ would bring more rains to TN and more wind to Andhra Pradesh.    

A global wea­ther website www.accuweather.com predicts a possibility of two tropical cyclones in the coming days due to a large area of unsettled weather near and south of India. “If wind shear decreases, the potential will also increase for development of a possible second tropical cyclone to the east of Sri Lanka. This storm will pose a greater threat, as millions of people living in Sri Lanka or eastern India can be affected by flooding rainfall,” the website noted.

On Wednesday, Nunga­mbakkam recorded 36.6 degree Celsius, while Meenambakkam registered 37.7 degree Celsius maximum temperature which is one-degree more than normal temperature.
“We can expect the temperature levels to stay under control, if the low pressure system over Bay of Bengal intensifies in the coming days,” added Dr Raj of Regional Met Centre.

Unscheduled power cuts give sleepless nights to residents

Residents of Nanganallur, Thillaiganga Nagar and adjoining areas are spending sleepless night due to unscheduled power cut in the night for the last four days.

According to residents, everyday between 10 pm and 2 am power is cut four to five times for nearly an hour. Even when the power is restored, fans and air conditioners don’t  run due to low voltage, they said.  “The life has become miserable for us in the last few days. Senior citizens and children are the worst affected,” said Ramam­urthy, a resident of Bhar­athiyar street in Thill­ai­ganga Nagar.

K. Kanagavel, a resident of Thillaiganga Nagar, said owning to the outage, children wake up regularly in night.  “I have a two-year-old son. He does not sleep and keeps crying. It affects everyone’s sleep in the family,” he said. 

Residents of Surendra Nagar in Adambakkam and Ram Nagar in Nanganallur have also  been witnessing sporadic late night power outages for last one week. “We are experiencing unscheduled power cuts in the ight. We do not mine if the Tangedco makes a scheduled power cut during night. At least we will be prepared for it,” said A. Shanmugham, a resident of Surendra Nagar fifth street.

K. Uma, a resident of Ram Nagar, complained that the local fuse-off call centres too remain busy when there were power outages.  When contacted, a Tangedco official said due to a fault in the 33 KV main line to Thillaiganga Nagar substation, load shedding had been enforced in the areas connected to the substation for nearly 45 minutes in the night for the last two days on rotation basis.

 

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