Chennai: The Indian Meteorological Department on Thursday said that severe cyclonic storm Nivar is expected to move North West and weaken into a cyclonic storm in the districts of South-interior Karnataka.
The Chennai airport, shut since 7 pm on Wednesday, resumed its operations.
Cyclone Nivar began its landfall around 11.30 pm on Wednesday and crossed the Puducherry coast before 2.30 am on Thursday.
Nivar caused heavy rain and strong winds and made the governments of Puducherry and Tamil Nadu declare public holidays. It also disrupted air, train, and railway services.
Tamil Nadu’s Disaster Management Minister RB Udhayakumar said that over 1.45 lakh people have been shifted to 1,516 relief camps across the state as a precaution.