Cyclone Nivar which made landfall near Puducherry late on Wednesday (November 25), bringing heavy rains to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, has weakened from a “very severe cyclonic storm” to a “severe cyclonic storm”.
The storm crossed the coast near Puducherry between 11:30 pm on Wednesday and 2:30 on Thursday (November 26).
IMD officials said rains and heavy wind are likely to continue for some more time.
The Tamil Nadu government declared a holiday in 13 districts on Thursday while the Puducherry government has declared a holiday for government and private schools till Saturday.
Metro and bus services which were suspended in Chennai ahead of the cyclone’s landfall will be resumed by 12 pm on Thursday.
The Tamil Nadu government earlier evacuated more than a lakh people to 1,486 relief camps in Chennai and southern districts ahead of the landfall. Electricity supply in many areas were also disconnected as a precautionary measure.
Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy on Thursday visited different parts of the town to assess damage caused by the cyclone.
While the damage assessment is still being done in Tamil Nadu, the government has cleared fallen trees to enable movement of traffic. Vessels anchored at the Chennai port have been moved to the sea and port operations may be stalled until the cyclone has passed, reports said.