Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Vardah was the most intense tropical cyclone over the North Indian Ocean in 2016, which struck Andaman and Nicobar Islands as well as South India. Vardah was the fourth cyclonic storm of the annual cyclone season.
Originating as a low pressure area near the Malay Peninsula on 3 December, the storm was designated a depression on December 6. It gradually intensified into a deep depression the following day, skirting off the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and into a cyclonic storm on 8 December. Maintaining a generally westward track thereafter, Vardah consolidated into a severe cyclonic storm on 9 December, before peaking as a very severe cyclonic storm with winds exceeding 130 km/h (80 mph) and a minimum central pressure of 982 hPa (29.0 inHg) on 11 December. Weakening into a severe cyclonic storm, Vardah made landfall close to Chennai the following day.