Nivar may have weakened into a severe cyclonic storm, but Chennai and its suburbs continue to be battered by heavy rains. In localities like Tambaram, Mudichur and Varadharajapuram, rain water seeped into houses.

Farmers too bore the brunt of Cyclone Nivar with over 2,000 acres of paddy fields reportedly being inundated.

Nivar made landfall near Puducherry in the early hours of Thursday, bringing heavy rains to the union territory and neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

The cyclone weakened after it crossed coast near Puducherry. 

There were no reports of loss of life due to the cyclone which uprooted trees. 

Some incidents of wall collapse were reported from some parts of Tamil Nadu.

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.

According to the IMD, Nivar is moving northwestwards and will weaken further into a cyclonic storm with the next couple of hours

The Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority has issued severe weather warning for the state. Severe thunderstorm with heavy rain are likely to occur over Thiruvannamalai, Cuddalore, Kallakurichy & Viluppuram districts of Tamil Nadu & Puducherry area.