As cyclone Vardah is expected to make landfall north of Chennai on Monday afternoon, the Indian Meteorological Department in Bengaluru forecast light to moderate rainfall in south interior Karnataka on Monday evening.
“Isolated light to moderate rainfall can be expected in Bengaluru city, so not all parts of the city experience rainfall,” said Sundar M Metri, Director of IMD Bengaluru.
Apart from these areas, parts of Agumbe, Bellary, Mandya, Madikeri, Shivamogga, Mysuru, Kolar, Chitradurga, Hassan, Tumakuru and Chikkamagalur may witness isolated light to moderate rainfall on Monday.
“Isolated heavy rainfall may be expected in parts of south interior Karnataka on Tuesday but this can be confirmed only once the landfall,” Metri said.
Metri also said that light to moderate scattered rainfall, fairly widespread, can be expected in the Coastal Karavali zone including Mangaluru, Karwar, Honnavara, Shirali and Panambur on Tuesday
“On December 15, Wednesday, isolated light rainfall can be expected in south interior Karnataka, Coastal Karavali zones, Belagavi, Bidar, Vijayapura, Dharwad, Koppala, Raichur and Kalburgi. The cyclone will not have a major impact on Karnataka, however, this can be predicted accurately once the cyclone passes the Tamil Nadu coast,” Metri said.
The storm is likely to affect the southern coast of Andhra Pradesh – the Nellore and Prakasam districts – and the northern coast of Tamil Nadu – spanning Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts.
Till Sunday, the cyclone was expected to weaken as it nears the coast. However, on Monday morning, officials warned that wind speeds could reach even up to 120 kmph when the cyclone reaches the coast.
Conditions at sea are very rough, categorised as “high to phenomenal” by the Met Department, and fishermen have been advised not to venture out to sea since Saturday.
Low lying areas of Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts in Tamil Nadu and Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh are expected to be inundate once the cyclone makes landfall as a result of tidal waves.