Bringing respite to the generally humid weather, Chennai and its surrounding areas witnessed heavy rainfall with thunder and lightning on Wednesday night.
Chennai’s Vadapalani, Guindy, Anna Nagar, Meenambakkam, Porur, Virugambakkam, Chembarambakkam etc. saw continuous rainfall for over two hours on Wednesday night. Suburbs like Madhavaram, Puzhal, Cholavaram, Ponneri and Redhills also witnessed heavy rains through the night. According to reports, Tiurvallur district recorded 21 cms rainfall in a single day on Wednesday and Poondi recorded 20 cms of rainfall on Wednesday. Tiruttani and Thamaraipakkam recorded 15 cms of rainfall while Cholavaram received 13 cms and Thiruvalangadu received 12 cms of rainfall on Wednesday.
As per independent weather blogger Pradeep John, who goes by the name Tamil Nadu Weatherman, Wednesday was the wettest day for Chennai city recorded since November 2017. The city received 10 cms of rainfall over a single day as at 8 am on Thursday.
As at 8 am on Thursday, in Chennai, Perambur (8.9 cms), Chennai airport (8.8 cms), Ambattur (8.5 cms), Parrys and Poonnamallee (7.9 cms), KK Nagar (7.7 cms), Korattur anaicut (7.5 cms) and DGP office on Marina (7.1 cms) received heavy rainfall over the night.
The heavy rainfall in Poondi is expected to bring inflows to the Poondi reservoir, which is one of the four reservoirs that supplies water to Chennai city.
As on Wednesday, the water level at Poondi lake stood at 15 mcft, while the other three lakes drew a blank. This is a mere 0.13% of the total water storage capacity of the four lakes on the city’s periphery.
Meanwhile, the district collectors of Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kanchipuram have stated that schools in these districts will function as usual on Thursday, contrary to expectations that the district administration will declare a holiday on Thursday.