After getting weakened, Nada Cyclone crossed the coast near Karaikal in the wee hours of today.
Contrary to fears, the cyclone did not result in much damage to Chennai and the rest of Tamil Nadu. But rains would continue for the next one day, Met officials said.
Nada weakened into a deep depression on Thursday even as rains lashed several parts of the state. Despite weakening, Nada will spread localized downpours across southern India into Friday evening.
Between intermittent showers in the afternoon, the sun shone through in Chennai and put to rest any doubts whether the cyclone would bring hope to the city that is now increasingly facing the threat of a water shortage.
The weakening of the cyclone may bring partial relief for the state that has put rescue teams — including the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response teams — on high alert and initiated precautionary measures to tackle any eventuality.
Gusty winds of 55-70 km/h (35-45 mph) will accompany Nada onshore, threatening to cause sporadic power outages.