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Cyclone Nada passes off Karaikal coast peacefully

Cyclone Nada passes off Karaikal coast peacefully

Reviewing the arrangements made to tackle any post-cyclone situation in Cuddalore and other parts of Tamil Nadu, revenue minister R. B. Uthayakumar on Thursday asked people not to believe rumours about cyclone, while assuring them that the state was prepared to face any eventuality.

The The sea is expected to be rough till tonight and fishermen have been advised not to venture out. The MeT department says Chennai is to receive light showers.

Cyclone Nada, off the Tamil Nadu coast, is reported to be weakening but is making landfall in the area between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam in the state.

"A large chunk of the depression has crossed coast early morning". Top government authorities have informed that the situation is being monitored.

In the past 24 hours, Mamallapuram (Kancheepuram District) recorded 11 cm, the highest level of rain followed by Cholavaram and Red Hills (6 cm each) in Chennai's suburbs, and Tirukattupalli (Thanjavur), Chennai district, Dindigul and Maduranthakam (Kancheepuram) received 4 cm each.

There are also squally winds in parts of Tamil Nadu, the weather office said.

Cyclone Nada which weakened into a deep depression on Thursday moved Westnorth-Westwards and became a depression about 40 km East south East of Karaikkal (Puducherry Union Territory), the official said. Some coastal areas are likely to receive heavy rains, the official said. Rainfall is expected at various places in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala.