Cyclone Nivar crosses Tamil Nadu and Puducherry disrupting power supply, uprooting trees
Power supply in several areas was disrupted. The concerned administration was removing the fallen trees.
Puducherry Chief Minister V.Narayanasamy told a news channel that power supply will be restored in a phased manner on Thursday itself.
He said, a lot of trees have fallen due to the cyclone and rain in continuing.
As regards the cyclone damage to lives and property, Narayanasamy said the assessment will be made and by this afternoon, an estimate of damage will be known.
He said 80 relief camps have been set up in Puducherry. Camps have also been set up in Karaikal.
He also inspected the cyclone damaged areas and urged the people to stay indoors and fishermen not to venture into the seas.
In Tamil Nadu's Villupuram district, police said the fallen trees have been removed to ease the flow of traffic.
At Marakkanam near Puducherry, several power poles fell down and the fishermen community requested the Tamil Nadu government to restore the power lines at the earliest.
According to the weather department the cyclone lays centered over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry about 25km north of Puducherry with wind blowing at a speed of 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph.
Nivar will move northwest wards and weaken further into a cyclonic storm during the next three hours, the IMD said.
The cyclone began its landfall on Wednesday night about 10.30 p.m. after moving at a speed of 16 kmph for six hours.
Even after landfall, the cyclone was likely to maintain its intensity for about six hours and weaken gradually.
The sea along the coast was very rough with huge waves were hitting the shores.
Gale wind speed reaching 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph very likely to prevail over interior districts (Ranipet, Tiruvannamalai, Tirupattur, Vellore) of Tamil Nadu and Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh in the early morning to forenoon, the weather department said.
The Puducherry government too has announced Thursday as a public holiday.