The landfall process of Cyclone Nivar (pronounced Nivaar, meaning atmosphere) began late Wednesday night, according to India Meteorological Department’s (IMD). Nivar weakened into a severe cyclonic storm as it crossed the coast near Puducherry.
The torrential rains accompanied by gusty winds lashed several parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry
Authorities in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have taken a slew of measures to handle the situation arising out of the cyclonic storm, which has led to heavy rainfall in several regions. Over one lakh people have been taken to safety from coastal areas and power supply disconnected in vulnerable areas as a precautionary measure.
Earlier, the IMD had said Nivar will cross coast near Puducherry with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph, gusting up to 145 kmph. "Very severe cyclonic Storm NIVAR: Center lies over Land. Crossed coast near Puducherry during 2330 of 25th Nov-0230 IST of 26th Nov," the weather department tweeted.
Nivar is the second cyclone to have developed in the Bay of Bengal this year after Cyclone Amphan wreaked havoc in West Bengal in May after developing into a ‘super cyclonic storm’.
The severe cyclonic storm ‘Nivar’ is set to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram before the early hours of November 26 as a very severe cyclonic storm, the Regional Meteorological Centre in Chennai said on Wednesday.
When the cyclone makes landfall, it is likely to carry a wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph.
The cyclone is expected to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram during the midnight of Wednesday and early hours of Thursday.
Nivar Cyclone path
The cyclone is expected to bring strong winds and heavy rains as well. The IMD has issued a red alert for coastal and Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal for Wednesday, and for Rayalaseema for Thursday.
The weather department has forecast widespread rainfall/thunderstorm activity over coastal and north interior Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal, south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema on Wednesday and Thursday, and southeast Telangana on Thursday. Source: India Times