Dec 2: Cyclonic storm NADA which was expected lash Karaikal beach in Puducherry, passed off peacefully. It weakened further gradually into a depression and cross the north Tamil Nadu coast south of Cuddalore by early Friday. NADA, Cyclone passed off peacefully (land fall) through Karaikal (Pondy region) coast at 5.00am. Wind velocity down,” said Disaster Monitoring Puducherry LG Kiran Bedi.

Reportedly, NADA weakened into a deep depression and centred over 290 km south-southeast of Chennai and 210 km southeast of Puducherry.

Heavy rainfall has been recorded in Chennai and other coastal regions of Tamil Nadu. Precipitation up to 4 cm was recorded in the coastal areas adjoining Chennai. “Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea,” said Gagan Singh, Secretary, Disaster Monitoring .

The cyclone is very likely to continue to move west-northwestward and weaken further gradually into a depression and cross north Tamil Nadu coast between Vedaranniyam and Puducherry.

“We have identified, strengthened 41 cyclone relief shelters. NDRF teams have already arrived,” said Collector, Cuddalore, Rajesh Kumar.