Electricity supply and traffic were disrupted in several places as heavy rain lashed the city on Saturday. Several houses were damaged in the brisk wind that accompanied the rain. Lightning bolts felled trees and brought down advertisement hoardings.
The worst affected areas were Vyttila, Tripunithura, Udayamperoor and Cheranelloor. Power supply to areas near Ernakulam South was disrupted as lines were brought down by falling coconut palm fronds near the Vyttila sub-station. Lightning damaged a transformer at Ernakulam South, forcing a power outage for about an hour.
Complaints were pouring in from places such as Pettah, Ponnurunni, and Chettichira as the rain that launched itself in full fury at about 5 p.m. started to subside after 6:45 p.m. Udayamperoor faced the brunt with 40 reports of power supply being disrupted owing to fallen trees.
Puthiyakavu and areas near the Arts College in Thripunithura too saw a series of trees fall, which led to power supply disruption.
Power supply through the 11 kV line was disrupted in Cheranelloor in the evening hours as trees fell in three places.
Traffic was disrupted at Valiakulam in Udayamperoor panchayat as a tree fell across the road. Fire-force personnel removed the tree to restore traffic. Falling trees damaged houses in Wards 13 and 15 of the panchayat. The roof of a house was blown off its perch near Nedveli temple. Houses in the Fishermen’s Colony in Thevalakkad were damaged in the winds and rain, said panchayat president Ajita Salim.