In Pics: Cyclone Vardah Hits Near Chennai, Wreaks Havoc

Cyclone Vardah hit the coast just north of Chennai on Monday afternoon. Strong winds and rain lashed the city, uprooting trees and shattering glass in buildings.
In Pics: Cyclone Vardah Hits Near Chennai, Wreaks Havoc
All schools and colleges are closed today in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur, besides coastal areas of Villupuram.
In Pics: Cyclone Vardah Hits Near Chennai, Wreaks Havoc
Over 7,000 people have been evacuated from near the sea in Tamil Nadu and more than 9,000 in Andhra Pradesh.
In Pics: Cyclone Vardah Hits Near Chennai, Wreaks Havoc
Almost 50 flights were delayed or diverted to and from Chennai this morning and suburban train services have been suspended.
In Pics: Cyclone Vardah Hits Near Chennai, Wreaks Havoc
The heavy rain and strong winds that are lashing Chennai have uprooted and bent trees.
In Pics: Cyclone Vardah Hits Near Chennai, Wreaks Havoc
Power supply was suspended in many parts of the state as a precaution.
In Pics: Cyclone Vardah Hits Near Chennai, Wreaks Havoc
The storm is expected to damage thatched huts, power and communication lines.
In Pics: Cyclone Vardah Hits Near Chennai, Wreaks Havoc
The Tamil Nadu Government has also asked private offices to allow their staff to take a day off or work from home. (PTI Photo)
In Pics: Cyclone Vardah Hits Near Chennai, Wreaks Havoc
15 teams of the National Disaster Relief Force or NDRF have been deployed along the coast. (PTI Photo)
In Pics: Cyclone Vardah Hits Near Chennai, Wreaks Havoc
Senior officials have been sent to the districts that are likely to be on the path of the cyclone. (PTI Photo)
In Pics: Cyclone Vardah Hits Near Chennai, Wreaks Havoc
A person wades through road filled with water during heavy rainfall as cyclone Vardah made landfall near Chennai coast on Monday. (PTI Photo)

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