New Delhi: The Met Department on Tuesday confirmed that the depression over the Bay of Bengal had intensified into a cyclone and that it would hit land by Wednesday afternoon. "Cyclone Nilam will hit the area between Nellore and Nagapattinam by Wednesday evening," IMD Deputy Director MR Ramanan said.
The IMD has put the coastal areas in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh on high alert. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Chennai and other areas in Tamil Nadu experienced heavy rainfall.
According to the IMD, Kollidam received the highest rainfall at 15 cm. "The northern coastal districts will experience heavy rainfall," the IMD added. "When it (cyclone Nilam) is approaching the coast, the speed could reach up to 90 kmph," the IMD said.
Meanwhile, the district administrations of Nagapattinam and Cuddalore districts said they were prepared for emergency situations. No evacuations have been ordered so far but shelters are being kept ready.
Satellite image: South India under cyclone threat, heavy rainfall in Tamil Nadu.Latest satellite image of cyclone Nilam