New Delhi: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rains to lash Puducherry and parts of Tamil Nadu over the weekend. In addition, a ‘Red Alert’ has been sounded for the Tamil Nadu government by the weather forecast agency over a probable powerful cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ heading towards the north of the state.

For two days, April 30 and May 1- extreme rainfall is expected in the areas.

“A trough of low at mean sea level lies over the Equatorial Indian Ocean and the southeast Bay of Bengal with a cyclonic circulation aloft extending up to 3.1 km above mean sea level. Under its influence, a low-pressure area is very likely to develop over the Equatorial Indian Ocean and adjoining central parts of the South Bay of Bengal to the southeast of Sri Lanka by Thursday (April 25),” the India Meteorological Department said in its advisory.

“It is very likely to intensify into a depression during the subsequent 36 hours and move northwestwards toward the Tamil Nadu coast along and off the east coast of Sri Lanka and is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 48 hours,” it further read.

Weathermen have advised fishermen to not venture into the sea from April 26.

A report in The News Minute read that as of Wednesday, Keeranur in Pudukottai district recorded 5 cm of rainfall followed by Valparai in Coimbatore district which recorded 4 cm of rain.

Devala in Nilgiris district recorded 3 cm of rainfall while Madukkur in Thanjavur district and Vandavasi in Thiruvannamalai district recorded 2 cm of rainfall each.