A first hand Experience of "Vardah" from Chennai....by Vagarian Pradeep John.
Historic winds speeds in entire Chennai and massive deluge rains in South Chennai - A fearful memory of Cyclone Vardah to remain for lifetime
Atlast power is back in Anna Ngar West. Sorry to all, i could not continue to post yesterday after the Cyclone landfall as my battery drained out and then the network was down. 2nd time in my life i had witnessed Cyclone's fury and maybe as i grow old i will forget the 1st one in 1994, but this one i will not. I dont know exactly how much damage this has caused in terms of loss of life or assets. It was really scary even to me who has dreamt of seeing a landfall like this for 20 years. I know lot of lives are affected (direct or indirectly), its not my wish to see joy in others sufferings. I am a pluviophile, its in my heart and mind waiting to witness a event like this. Coming to rains, the worst are over. Dont believe in Rumours that next cyclone is coming. Next one will probably be Low Pressure Area (max) or in the worst case a Depression. We need more rains. Vardah has brought much needed inflow into the Chennai lakes but we need more. For Official wind speeds of Cyclone Vardah we have to wait for some more time. IMD Chennai HWSR recorded 110 km/hr while the pressure drop was huge at 975 mb. Based on pressure, it seems cyclone has made landfall as Very Severe Cyclonic storm itself. The rainfall particularly, the southern Chennai people would not the rains accompanied with winds in life time. In few hours Shollingallur - Guduvanchery - Kancheepuram belt recorded over 300 mm rainfall, this is one scary rainfall happened in South Chennai and add to that the winds, South Chennai will not forget the intensity of rains from the Eyewall bands of Cyclone Vardah so soon. See the precipitation accumulation. Widespread rains and very intense in south Chennai belt. Vellore too got good rains along with Tiruvannmalai boundary areas while Krishnagiri district got some heavy spell too.