India Meteorological Department (IMD) has informed Cyclone Nivar is expected to intensify into a 'very severe cyclonic storm' and move west-northwestwards before crossing the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry between Karaikal and Mamallapuram on November 25 evening with a wind speed of 120-130 km/h gusting to 145 km/h.
Nearly 1,200 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescue personnel have been deployed in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry and 800 others are on standby in view of cyclone Nivar, the 'very severe cyclonic storm' which is expected to make landfall Wednesday evening.
NDRF chief SN Pradhan also said that they are prepared for a 'high level of intensity and the worst form' of the cyclonic storm as it surges from the Bay of Bengal towards the southern coastline, reprots PTI.
We are keeping a close watch on the development and we are coordinating with the affected states, he told media that.
It is a rapidly developing situation and it could take the shape of a very severe cyclonic storm that has a speed of about 120-130 km per hour, he added.