The depression over Comorin area and neighbourhood that moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 20 kmph, has intensified into a deep depression and was centred over Comorin area and neighbourhood, about 185 km northwest of Galle (Sri Lanka) and 210 km south-southeast of Kanyakumari. The system is very likely to move west-northwestwards and intensify further into a cyclonic storm during next 12 hours.
Rainfall will occur at most places and heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely at isolated places over south Tamil Nadu till Friday, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Heavy to very heavy rain likely in southern TN
According to the Indian Meteorological department, heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely over south Tamil Nadu during next 36 hours.
Tirunelveli and Kanniyakumari Collectors declared holiday for schools and colleges on Thursday. Manonmaniam Sundaranar University postponed the semester exams scheduled for Thursday in view of rains. Dates will be announced later.
In Virudhunagar district, Collector A. Sivagnanam declared holiday for all schools and colleges on Thursday.
Dindigul District Collector Dr. Vinay declares holiday for schools on Thursday.
Bathing was banned at the Main Falls, Five Falls and Old Courtallam Falls since early Thursday morning due to floods triggered by overnight rain. The catchment areas of all 11 reservoirs in the district, particularly Papanasam and Manimuthar Dams, experienced good rainfall since Wednesday night.
Ferry service to Vivekananda Rock in Kanniyakumari has been suspended due to inclement weather.
While Papanasam dam had an inflow of 2,881 cusecs at 8 a.m. on Thursday, following 43 mm rainfall in the catchment areas, Manimuthar dam registered a rainfall of 31 mm that ensured an inflow of 2,692 cusecs on Thursday morning. ''The weather prevailing here indicates good rains today, particularly in evening and also in the night,'' M. Ganesa Murthy, a Kaani Tribal youth from Kaaraiyar Kaani settlement told The Hindu over phone.
Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi districts experience incessant drizzle since early this morning; the district administration at first decided to go ahead with the release of water from Manimuthar Dam on Thursday as announced by the Chief Minister. But later by 9.30 a.m., Collector Sandeep Nanduri told The Hindu that the release of water from Manimuthar Dam has been postponed in view of incessant drizzle across the district. However, he did not answer the question on temporarily closing the Papanasam dam in the wake of active monsoon.
Dams that had an increase of water levels above 3 feet in a single day were Papanasam, Servalar, Manimuthar and Kodumudiyar.
The downpour coupled with strong wind has so far uprooted more than 700 trees and good number of electric poles across Kanniyakumari district which has badly affected the power supply.
Power supply were suspended in various parts of Tirunelveli district since Wednesday 7 p.m. due to strong northeast winds.