Thunderstorm, likely lightning in TN, Pondicherry

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CHENNAI: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) regional center predicted thunderstorms and lightning in Tamil Nadu and parts of Pondicherry on Monday.

Light to moderate rain is expected in many parts of Tamil Nadu over the next two days and anglers are advised not to venture into the sea until Tuesday.

Chennai and its environs have received moderate to heavy rains over the past few days and the state water works department has already started maintenance of the canals to prevent waterlogging.

Light to medium rain is likely in parts of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Karaikkal.

The meteorological service said strong winds with a speed of 40 to 50 km/h are expected over the Camorin region, the Gulf of Mannar, the southern coast of Tamil Nadu and the southwest Bay of Bengal.

The meteorologist advised that fishermen should not venture out to sea in these areas until Tuesday given the possibility of wind, rain and thunderstorms, and lighting.

The Department of Meteorology said the southwest monsoon was strong over the Tamil Nadu division on June 16 and normal from June 17 to June 22.

Notably, several parts of Tamil Nadu have received moderate to heavy rain over the past week, with heavy rains hitting several places.

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