In the city, the trees were the most visible fallout of Cyclone Vardah. Nearly 3,300 of them were uprooted all over Chennai, their fallen branches blocking roads.
Radhakrishnan Salai leading to Marina Beach was just one road which saw dozens of fallen trees.
It was one of the first issues that had to be tackled.
Power and connectivity took a major hit for over 24 hours. While in some areas, trees had fallen on power lines, elsewhere, the authorities had cut off power from Monday evening as a precautionary measure.
But despite the difficulties, the city had moved on. Crowds were back at the memorial for late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa whose recent death had spread gloom across the state. A group of 250 people had come by bus to the memorial from Tirpur and were seen shaving their heads as a sign of grief.
Greatly weakened, the Cyclone Vardah has now reached Karnataka in the form of a deep depression, bringing heavy rains to the state.
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