1st November, 2012, Chennai: On Wednesday evening, cyclone Nilam hit the Tamil Nadu coast. According to reports around two people have been killed in the storm. The Met department said that the cyclone have weekend now with rain expected in the next twenty four hours. In Andhra Pradesh, five coastal districts are still on alert.
An oil tanker also capsized near the Tamil Nadu capital. The crew members of the boat are still missing. Two people reportedly died in Andhra Pradesh also.
Last evening the wind speed reached up to hundred kilometers per hour. Before the cyclone made landfall, more than 3500 people have been evacuated from Mahabalipuram area. The government of Tamil Nadu has declared a holiday in the coastal districts colleges and schools on Thursday.
State officials reported that around hundred trees have fall and many electric poles have collapsed following the strong winds. Several cities in South India have experienced rainfall. Bangalore has experienced continuous rain in the past 36 hours and the maximum temperature has dropped around 8 degrees. The Met Department has stated that Bangalore, Gadag, Gulbarga, Mangalore and Mysore will see moderate rainfall in the next 48 hours.