Chennai: Cyclone Nada made landfall near Nagapattinam on Friday morning at a speed of 50 km per hour, after weakening into a deep depression in the early hours.
The deep depression over southwest Bay of Bengal moved westwards with speed of about 10 km per hour, crossed north Tamil Nadu coast near Nagapattinam, said reports.
Earlier, Cyclone Nada passed off peacefully through the Karaikal coast of Puducherry at 5 am on Friday morning.
Cuddalore Collector Rajesh Kumar told ANI that 41 cyclone relief shelters had been identified and strengthened, and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams had already arrived in the city.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea.Rain upto 4 cm was experienced in Cuddalore, Puducherry and Nagapattinam since early morning.
In Cuddalore, where there has been a steady drizzle since Thursday morning, the administration has been instructed to evacuate people from low lying areas and cyclone shelters and emergency services have been readied.
Nada may bring heavy rains on Friday, but its impact is unlikely to be as intense as the Cyclone Thane that had hit Cuddalore a few years ago, said reports.
Andhra Pradesh may witness a few spells of rains in the next two to three days even as the impending cyclone storm has fizzled out even before it made a landfall.
Cyclone Nada, formed over south-west Bay of Bengal, weakened into a deep depression late on Thursday. It is further expected to wind down in strength as a depression and subsequently a low pressure by the afternoon of Friday.
As per the predictions of the weathermen, the system would cross north Tamil Nadu coast between Vedaranniyam and Puducherry, south of Cuddalore, by the early hours of Friday as a depression.
The weather system is currently located about 290 km south-southeast of Chennai. Under the influence of the system, a few places in south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema may receive moderate rains in the next two days. The heavy rain warning was discontinued for Andhra Pradesh.
According to weathermen at the Cyclone Warning Centre, strong surface winds from the north-east direction with speeds reaching up to 50 kmph would be likely to prevail along and off south coastal Andhra Pradesh until Friday morning. Given the rough conditions of the sea, they advised the fishermen of south coastal AP to not venture into the sea.
The Eastern Naval Command (ENC) assumed high degree of readiness to render necessary humanitarian assistance. Two Indian Naval ships Shakti and Satpura are standing by at Vizag to proceed to the most affected areas if any to undertake Humanitarian Aid Distress Relief (HADR), evacuation, logistic support including providing medical aid.
These ships are embarked with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats, integral helicopters and relief material that include food, tentage, clothes, medicines, blankets etc, in quantities sufficient to sustain over 5,000 personnel.