Thane strike Tamil Nadu on Friday with winds of up to 135 kmph and tidal flow of up to 5 feet. Concerning 6,000 coastal villagers were forced to look for safety in relief shelters, Chief Minister J Jayalalitha said.
At least seven people died in Pondicherry, well-liked with Indian and foreign tourists for its beaches and gardens, a town official said.
Trees were pulled up and roads damaged all along a 40-km stretch of coast that comprises the township of Auroville, known for its avant-garde architecture and yoga community.
The storm swiftly lost strength over land and on Saturday morning and the weather office said that it was now a gloominess that would carry some heavy rain across the south.