But Chennai residents heaved a sigh of relief on Friday morning as the rain clouds gave way to a bright sun.
Tamil Nadu has gauged 174mm of rainfall between 27 October and 3 November, a government statement said. The MeT department said low pressure area and upper cyclonic circulation in the Bay of Bengal are likely to bring more rains.
"Rainfall activity will continue over north coastal Tamil Nadu with heavy to very heavy rain over Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts during next 24 hours".
At least eight people have been killed while thousands have taken refuge in relief camps due to the flooding. The heavy rains affected the city's transport services and commuters had a harrowing time as traffic moved at a snail's pace. During the last 24 hours from 8:30 am on Friday, Nungambakkam observatory recorded a whopping 66 mm of rainfall while Minambakkam saw 62 mm of showers.
Clogged sewer lines, coupled with the heavy rain, meant water entered several houses in south Chennai. Rains lashed the city on Friday bringing normal life to a halt. Schools and colleges, closed since October 31, were shut on Saturday as well. The state-level National Talent Search Exam, which was scheduled for Saturday, has been shifted to November 18. Meanwhile, facing public ire amidst heavy rains and inundation, the Edappadi K Palaniswami government went on the offensive on Friday, listing out various flood-prevention as well as rehabilitation measures undertaken by the government.
Volunteers distribute food to residents in flooded areas.
"Fairly widespread rain of moderate intensity over interior region", stated the MeT Tamil Nadu.
Here, a compoung wall collapsed in neighbouring Red Hills near Chennai due to heavy rains, making the cascading water look like a waterfall.