Chennai, Dec 2: As per predictions, Cyclonic storm Nada has further weakened into a depression and is currently making landfall in Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam in Tamil Nadu with 50 km wind speed.
Cyclone Nada on Thursday moved Westnorth-Westwards and became a depression about 40 km East south East of Karaikkal (Puducherry Union Territory), the official lamented. “The cyclone passed off peacefully. (Landfall) through Karaikal (Pondy region) coast at 5 am. Wind velocity down,” Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi said.
Rainfall is likely at several places in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala.
As per ANI reports, upto four cm rain was received in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Puducherry.
ANI reported that the deep depression over southwest Bay of Bengal moved westwards with speed of about 10 kmph and crossed north Tamil Nadu coast near Nagapatti.Cuddalore Collector Rajesh Kumar informed that, “We have identified, strengthened 41 cyclone relief shelters. NDRF teams have already arrived.”
The deep depression crossed the coast between Cuddalore and Vedaranyam early Saturday morning.
The weakening of the cyclone has brought partial relief to the authorities who have issued a high alert, deploying National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response teams, and taking elaborate precautionary steps to battle out any eventuality.
During and before the land fall of the depression, winds gusting upto 55 kmph are likely in coastal regions, he said.
Squally winds speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph would prevail along and off Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts in the next 12 hours, fishermen were advised not to venture into sea till Friday night.
Holidays had been declared in schools in various coastal districts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for Thursday and Friday in the wake of the cyclone threat.