Cyclone Nivar to intensify into 'very severe storm', heavy rains lash Chennai

International Desk
25 November 2020, Wed
Published: 11:35 Updated: 02:53

Cyclone Nivar to intensify into 'very severe storm', heavy rains lash Chennai

Severe cyclonic storm Nivar is expected to further intensify into a 'very severe storm' and bring heavy rainfall to Chennai when it makes landfall between Mamallapuram and Karaikal on Wednesday evening with a wind speed of up to 145kmph, according to IMD. 

The IMD said a storm surge of about 2m above the sea level is likely around the time of landfall, causing inundation of low-lying areas. 

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has said Cyclone Nivar is set to cross the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry as a “very severe cyclonic storm” late on Wednesday. Parts of Andhra Pradesh are also forecast to be slammed by the cyclone.

In a series of tweets, IMD said, on Wednesday morning, that “very heavy rainfall - 120 mm - recorded in Chennai/Minabakkam” from 8:30 am on Tuesday to 5:30 am as of Wednesday. “It is very likely to move west-northwestwards for the next 06 hours and northwestwards thereafter; cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram during the night of 25th Nov as a very severe cyclonic storm with wind speed 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph,” it said.

“Near latitude 10.2°N and longitude 82.0°E about 300 km east-southeast of Cuddalore, about 310 km east southeast of Puducherry and 370 km south southeast of Chennai. It is very likely to intensify further into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hours,” the weather bureau said in another tweet. 

“The Severe Cyclonic Storm NIVAR over southwest Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 06 kmph during past six hours and lay centered at 0230 hrs IST of 25th November 2020 over southwest Bay of Bengal,” it added.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami declared Wednesday a public holiday and said it could be extended. In Puducherry, public gatherings were banned from late Tuesday until early Thursday. Shops in the Union territory, except those for essential services like pharmacies and petrol stations, were to be shut until the cyclone passes.

Six special trains of the Thiruvananthapuram division of the Southern Railways have been canceled on November 25 in view of the IMD forecast of cyclonic storm Nivar.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed as many as 30 teams in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh and 20 additional teams have been kept on standby to help assist local authorities on possible evacuations of residents from vulnerable coastal areas, the Centre has said. Houses in the low-lying areas have been evacuated and fishermen have been advised not to venture out into the sea. Source: DNA