Cyclone Michaung, which is currently barreling across the Bay of Bengal and heading towards the Andhra coast, has unleashed torrential rains on Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Several parts of the city are swampy and without electricity as the relentless downpour paralyzed daily life. On Monday, someone went to X to share his experiences after missing an early morning flight from Chennai airport amid Cyclone Michaung. Not only that, he also got stuck in the lift of his house in Chennai for about half an hour after a power outage.
“Crazy morning! Cyclone Michuang in Chennai, Uber couldn't reach our apartments due to flooding, missed the flight to Mumbai and got a power outage on return, so he was in the elevator for half an hour before being rescued by community members,” wrote Suryanarayan Ganesh on X.
Here is the message:
Crazy morning! #CycloneMichuang in #chennaiUber couldn't reach our apartments due to flooding, missed the flight to Mumbai and had a power outage when we got home, so he was in the elevator for half an hour before being rescued by members of the community. 🤯 #ChennaiRains#Chennaifloodspic.twitter.com/I1yu3BRt7N
— Suryanarayan Ganesh (@gsurya) December 3, 2023
In another tweet, he thanked his Uber driver who relentlessly tried to reach his location to take him to the airport. He wrote: ''Special shoutout to @Uber_India driver Prakash – absolute hero – tried to reach me for half an hour via different routes and drove almost 10 km before I gave up, but he didn't. Please rate/reward him well, I did send a tip via GPay. The app should allow reviews/tips even if canceled.”
Many netizens asked why he stepped out despite warnings from authorities. Mr. Ganesh replied that he had a large client meeting in Mumbai.
One user wrote: 'No matter what important work is, always follow weather updates or at least follow many handles in X to get weather updates. Don't go out, it's not safe. Let this be a lesson to those who take it lightly.. and follow my weather updates buddies… Stay safe.”
Another commented: 'You should have planned well given the circumstances. Pay attention to your safety. I hope the Uber driver is home safely.”
Meanwhile, authorities have declared a public holiday today and tomorrow, closed schools and universities in the city and sent rescue teams to prevent any untoward incidents. Operations at Chennai airport have been suspended until 9am tomorrow morning – with around 70 flights canceled due to flooding of the runway and tarmac, the Airport Authority of India said.