'The cyclone is in the process of crossing between Cuddalore and Puducherry coast. The wind speed is around 140 kmph at Puducherry and Cuddalore. Waves measuring 1.5 metres height are hitting the shoreline,' an IMD official told IANS.
At 2 a.m. the cyclone moved closer to about 90 km east of Puducherry, 125 km south-southeast of Chennai, IMD said.
'The storm is more of wind centric and not much of rain. Puducherry recorded 14 cm rain, while Cuddalore 7 cm.,' the official said, adding the weather will remain gloomy.
Image: A boy plays at Marina beach as high rising waves are seen in the sea, in Chennai on Thursday, 29 December, 2011
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