As predicted, cyclone Nilam is expected to hit on October 31, 2012, at some southern regions in India including, Tamil Nadu (TN) and Andhra Pradesh (AP). The Cyclone is expected to hit some major regions like Cuddalore in TN and Nellore in AP with heavy rains in the region, tide levels are also expected to rise by about 1.5 meters.
A weather bulletin by the MET department said, “The cyclonic storm, which lay about 320 km south-south east of Chennai at 05.30 hrs today, will move north-north westwards and cross North Tamil Nadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh between Cuddalore and Nellore near Chennai by October 31 evening”. The storm is expected to hit some of the low lying areas like, Kancheepuram, Chennai, Tiruvallur and Nellore.
Heavy rainfall is expected in the next 24 hours. The MET department added that heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected over the southern coast of Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema and North interior Tamil Nadu during the next 48 hours.
The sea in Tamil Nadu is expected to be high along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining the south Andhra Pradesh coast during the next 36 hours. For the next 48 hours, the fishermen have been advised not to venture in the sea.