Tamil Nadu on ‘high alert’ as Cyclone Michaung intensifies, 118 trains cancelled

Cyclone Michaung: Impending Cyclonic Storm to Bring Heavy Rainfall to Coastal Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a forecast indicating that the deep depression currently situated over the Bay of Bengal is poised to escalate into a cyclonic storm within the next 24 hours. This development is anticipated to result in substantial rainfall along the coastal regions of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

The coastal districts of northern Tamil Nadu and southern Andhra Pradesh are actively preparing for the imminent heavy rains, as the deep depression over the Southwest Bay of Bengal is projected to transform into Cyclonic Storm ‘Michaung’ within the next 24 hours. As per the latest IMD report, the cyclonic formation is presently located approximately 440 km east-southeast of Puducherry and 420 km southeast of Chennai.

The IMD forecasts that the deep depression is poised to progress in a west-northwest direction, intensifying into a Cyclonic Storm over the Southwest Bay of Bengal within the next 24 hours. Subsequently, it is expected to move northwestwards, reaching the west-central Bay of Bengal off the south Andhra Pradesh and adjoining north Tamil Nadu coasts by Monday forenoon.

Cyclone Michaung is anticipated to attain its maximum sustained wind speed of 80-90 kmph, with gusts reaching up to 100 kmph, as it crosses the South Andhra Pradesh coast between Nellore and Machilipatnam on December 5.

The IMD underscores the potential for damage to properties and vulnerable structures in the coastal districts of South Andhra Pradesh and adjoining coastal districts of North Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Residents and authorities are advised to take necessary precautions and adhere to safety protocols in preparation for the impending weather conditions.


North Coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry: Anticipated is a substantial to exceptionally heavy precipitation event in specific locations on Sunday, with isolated heavy rainfall expected on December 4, followed by a subsequent decrease, as indicated by the forecast from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). The capital of the state, Chennai, is poised to experience substantial rainfall in the upcoming days.

The Meteorological Department in Chennai has additionally issued a warning for rain, thunderstorms, and lightning in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Saturday night.

In the coastal regions of Andhra Pradesh, there is a forecast of light to moderate rainfall in most areas, with the likelihood of heavy to extremely heavy rainfall over south coastal Andhra Pradesh on Sunday. Monday and Tuesday are anticipated to bring heavy to very heavy rainfall, with extremely heavy falls at isolated locations along the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and Yanam. Isolated heavy rainfall is expected on December 6 in the region.

The Rayalaseema region is projected to experience light to moderate rainfall in most places, with isolated instances of heavy rainfall on both Sunday and Monday.

In Odisha, the forecast indicates isolated heavy rainfall between Monday and Wednesday, specifically over south coastal and adjoining south interior Odisha.


In anticipation of the impending landfall of Cyclone Michaung in the coastal districts, heightened vigilance has been implemented by law enforcement and administrative authorities throughout Tamil Nadu.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has mobilized 18 teams for immediate deployment in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and Puducherry. Additionally, a reserve of 10 teams stands prepared to address any emergent contingencies.

In response to the forecasted heavy rainfall, officials have declared a suspension of regular activities on Monday, including the closure of schools and colleges in the Chennai, Kanchipuram, Chengalpet, and Thiruvallur districts.

In consideration of the evolving situation, both Madras University and Anna University have taken the precautionary measure of postponing scheduled examinations on Monday.


The Southern Railway has announced the cancellation of 118 train services in Tamil Nadu, encompassing long-distance trains operating in various states, scheduled between December 3rd and December 6th.

Noteworthy cancellations include trains such as the Nizamuddin Chennai Duronto Express, Kochuveli – Gorakhpur Raptisagar Express, Gaya Chennai Express, Barauni – Coimbatore Special train, Vijayawada Janshatabdi, Trivandrum Secunderabad Sabari Express, Patna-Ernakulam Super Fast Express, Bengaluru-Howrah Weekly Super Fast Express, Trivandrum-New Delhi Kerala Express, among others.

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