Chennai: The severe cyclonic storm Vardah is moving in westwards direction towards Chennai, likely to cross near Chennai by this afternoon. The storm is now lying at about 180 km east of Chennai.
MeT Director S Balachandran said,"During the next 36 hours, rainfall would occur at many places over north coastal Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Chennai,Tiruvallur".
"NDRF is closely monitoring situation and teams have already been prepositioned in Andhra Pradesh,"RK Pachnanda DG, NDRF said.
"For TN, we've prepositioned 3 teams in Chennai,2 in Kanchipuram,2 in Tiruvallur, one team on its way to Puducherry. We have sufficient standby reserves at Arakkonam. NDR is closely in touch with state Govt authorities, and with other agencies like IMD," DG added.