Ahead of Cyclone Michaung, which is predicted to make landfall in the next 24 hours, Chennai and its neighborhoods were battered by intense rain and wind on Monday. As a result, authorities had to evacuate people from flooded areas, close schools and offices, and stop flights.
Twelve outgoing domestic flights and four outgoing international flights have been cancelled due to the suspension of operations at Chennai airport. The weather forced three incoming international flights to divert to Bengaluru.
Videos show planes being forced to land because rainwater got on the runway, forcing authorities to close it until 11 p.m. tonight.
A number of social media users posted videos showing the effects of the rain in various locations throughout the city. For the next 24 hours, Chennai and the surrounding areas should expect a lot of rain, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). Tomorrow at noon, the cyclone is predicted to make landfall between Nellore and Machilipatnam.
The cyclone also caused delays in several flights leaving and arriving from Chennai, which had an effect on flight services. Officials say that arrival operations at the airport are closed until 11 p.m.