Cyclone Nivar to cross coast today, heavy rain warning issued

Chennai: The cyclonic storm ‘Nivar’ over southwest Bay of Bengal, which remained practically stationary over south west Bay of Bengal on Tuesday, is likely to cross coast today.

The cyclone, which has already brought rains to many parts of Tamilnadu, is expected to bring heavy rains today, especially from this afternoon.

A bulletin issued by the Met office said it is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm move west-northwestwards for next 12 hours and then north westwards.

It is very likely to cross Tamilnadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram, about 55 km from here, around Puducherry today evening as a severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 100 to 110 kmph and gusting to 120 kmph.

Meanwhile, Deputy Director General of Meteorology, S Balachandran told reports here that Tambaram recorded the highest rainfall of nine cms during the last 24 hours.

It was followed by Nungambakkam and MGR Nagar (8 cms). He said several many places in coastal districts and a few interior places would receive moderate rains till today.

When the cyclonic storm was expected to make a landfall today evening, coastal areas would get widespread rains and many places in interior districts would get
moderate rains.

Rains would continue over Chennai and it would be with heavy to very heavy intensity in one or two areas.

Balachandran said one or two places in Karaikal, Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai would be receiving extremely heavy rains of more than 24.4 cm.

Likewise, one or two places in eight districts such as Tiruvallur, Chennai, Kancheepuram, Chengalpet, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Thanjavur and Tiruvarur would get heavy to very heavy rains upto 25 cms.

While isolated heavy to very heavy rains were expected in north coastal districts on Wednesday, the intensity of the rainfal would be extremely heavy in one or two areas in Puducherry, Cuddalore, Mayiladuthurai, Ariyalur, Kallakurichi, Perambalur, Villupuram and Tiruvannamalai districts today.

Squally winds with wind speed ranging from 100-110 kmph and gusting up to 120 kmph was likely in Nagapattinam, Karaikal, Puducherry, Mayiladuthurai, Cuddalore, Villupuram and Chengalpet when the cyclone moves close to the coast tomorrow.

In Tiruvarur, Kancheepuram, Chennai and Tiruvallur, squally winds may prevail at a speed of 80-90 km, sometimes gusting up to 100 kmph from Wednesday forenoon to night, he said.


NT Bureau