The Regional Meteorological Centre in Chennai issued a 24-hour warning to fishermen not to venture out into the sea around the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The India Meteorological Department’s bulletin was issued at 8 pm on Sunday. It stated that sea condition could be rough to very rough around the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Strong winds from south-westerly to westerly direction, speed reaching 35- 45 kmph gusting to 50-55 kmph occasionally is likely along the coast and off the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts, the bulletin added.
A four-day weather forecast issued by the Area Cyclone Warning Centre, Chennai has predicted light to moderate rain and thundershowers in a few places over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Monday is also likely to see thunderstorm and lightning in isolated parts of the state and union territory.
With regard to the city of Chennai, the bulletin predicted that the sky condition would likely be cloudy over Monday.
"Rain or thundershower is likely to occur in some areas," it said.
The Met Department had also predicted moderate thunderstorms on Sunday over Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Villupuram, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Erode, Salem, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Tiruchirapalli and Karur districts.
S Balachander, Director of Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Chennai told TNM on Sunday that the rains can be expected for the next two days.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, weather blogger Pradeep John, popularly known as Tamil Nadu Weatherman wrote, “A rare September Cyclone is in the making after 2005 in Bay of Bengal.”
On September 14, Friday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam conducted a pre-monsoon preparedness survey.