Cyclone hits Tamil Nadu coast
Chennai: Severe cyclonic storm 'Nilam' today hit Tamil Nadu coast making landfall near Mahabalipuram, about 55 kms from here.
The cyclone was crossing the coast South of Chennai as observed at 4 pm, a bulletin issued by the Area Cyclone Warning Centre here said. The system would take two hours to cross the coast and then move further northwards before weakening gradually, it said.
About 4,000 people residing close to the coast in Mahabalipuram, a famous tourist spot known for its shore temples and sculptures, have been evacuated to safer places, officials said. People in the affected areas have been advised to remain indoors till tonight while state government employees were asked to leave for their homes at 3 pm.
A holiday has been announced for educational institutions in coastal districts for tomorrow. Chennai city is experiencing strong wind though the intensity of rain is less and power supply has been disconnected in many of its parts as a precautionary measure.
Under the influence of the cyclone, rainfall will occur in most areas with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over North interior Tamil Nadu during the next 12 hours. Rainfall at many places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls would also occur over North coastal Tamil Nadu during the same period, the Met department said.