Rescue teams have been deployed in Tamil Nadu as Cyclone Mandous approaches the coast close to Chennai.

Tamil Nadu government announces that 12 teams, comprising nearly 400 people, have been deployed in ten districts . The IMD declared a holiday for schools and colleges in the Southwest Bay of Bengal .

Chennai: The Indian Meteorological Department said on Thursday that moderate to heavy rainfall is forecast in Tamil Nadu as cyclonic storm Mandous over the Bay of Bengal is expected to intensify into a strong cyclonic storm shortly before approaching here at midnight, and then weaken gradually, crossing the coast near here at Christmas, according to the government.The Tamil Nadu government announced that 12 teams, comprising nearly 400 people, have been deployed in ten districts, including Nagapattinam and On Friday, the IMD declared a holiday for schools and colleges in the Southwest Bay of Bengal, which is about 480 kilometers east of Chennai and 390 kilometers from Kariakal.On December 9, light to moderate rainfall is forecast at most places, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at some places in north coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry.In the areas south coastal Andhra Pradesh and north-intense Tamil Nadu and Rayalaseema, it is forecast that heavy to very heavy rain will fall.

It is forecast to shift west-northwestwards and escalate further into a severe cyclonic storm.It will keep its intensity of a strong cyclonic storm up until early morning on December 9th, before easing gradually into a cyclonic storm tomorrow.On December 9 midnight, it is very likely to cross the coast near Mamallapuram with a maximum sustained wind speed of 65-75 kmph, gusting to 85 kmph.Mamallapuram, also called Mahabalipuram, is about 50 kilometers away.

As a result of the cyclonic storm, the Coast Guard (Eastern Region) has taken several steps, according to a defence release.CG ships and planes have been routinely issuing warnings and shepherding fishing boats back to port.According to the release, all oil rigs and offshore installations have been urged to ensure the safety of personnel.On December 6, the well-marked low pressure area over the southeast Bay of Bengal widened into a depression and it extended into a deep depression, lying about 750 kilometers off Chennai.

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