As you might be aware, Cyclone Neelam hit Chennai (Tamil Nadu, India) today and crossed the shore near Mahabalipuram at around 4:30 PM today. I have taken a small video from the terrace of my house which I have embedded above. As you can see, the wind speeds were quite high. Fortunately, the amount of rain was not very high.
People in Chennai might be aware that a lot of cyclones have been predicted to cross the coast near Chennai, but it will eventually travel up and hit Nellore or Vizag in AP! But this time, the Cyclone Neelam chose to cross the coast in Chennai itself and the maximum impact was felt in the Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts.
The wind speeds were reported to reach around 100 KM/hour and many trees were reported to have fallen down on main roads causing heavy traffic jams in the city. Will those trees ever grow once again in that area? It seems some 3500 people were evacuated from the Mahabalipuram area and the waves rose up to 5 feet high.
I was thinking about when was the last time I remember a cyclone hitting the city. I am taken back to my school days! I remember we had to vacate our ground-floor house for a day (back then) and we stayed in our uncle’s house. Is it my (bad) memory or has the city not got hit by cyclones recently? Someone from Chennai can answer that.
I know this is not close to Cyclone Sandy or anything like that, but the worst to hit the city (and many parts of SE Asia) was the Tsunami. That was devastating.
Have you experienced any major cyclones/hurricanes in your area? What was the impact like? For people in Chennai, what was your experience with cyclone Neelam/Nilam?