Bhubaneswar: Cyclone Nivar is likely to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram during mid-night of Wednesday or early hours of Thursday.
The India Meteorological Department has predicted that it will make landfall as a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph.
The storm over southwest Bay of Bengal has moved westnorth-westwards with a speed of 11 kmph in last six hours and lay centred about 240 km east-southeast of Cuddalore, about 250 km east southeast of Puducherry, the Met Office tweeted on Wednesday.
SCS NIVAR over SW Bay of Bengal moved WNWwards with a speed of 11 kmph during past six hours and lay centred at 0830 hrs IST of 25th Nov, over SW BOB near latitude 10.7°N and longitude 81.7°E, about 240 km east-southeast of Cuddalore, about 250 km east southeast of Puducherry.
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) November 25, 2020
Under its influence, Hyderbad has been experiencing heavy rainfall since this morning, while flood alert has been sound in and around Chennai.
Latest reports suggest that though the Tamil Nadu capital will witness heavy downpour, however, it wouldn’t experience the ‘eye of the storm.’ Puducherry will bear the worst.
The Tamil Nadu government has so far shifted 24,166 people, including 3,948 children, from low-lying areas/unsafe buildings to 987 relief centres in the state.
Around 1,200 personnel of the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed across Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh.
IMPACT ON ODISHA
On November 25, light to moderate rainfall or thundershower is very likely at a few places inMalkangiri, Rayagada, Gajapati, Koraput, Ganjam and at isolated places in rest of the districts. Similar weather conditions will prevail on November 26.