Nivar to make landfall today evening

Severe Cyclonic Storm Nivar, which is located around 380km from Chennai, is likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm in less than 12 hours and make a landfall on Wednesday night, the India Meteorological Department said.

Winds in areas in and around the region of landfall will clock at 120-130kmph gusting to 145kmph accompanied by extremely heavy rainfall while areas like Chennai will see a maximum wind speed of 100kmph with heavy to very heavy rainfall.

In its early morning update, the IMD said Nivar intensified into a severe cyclonic storm over southwest Bay of Bengal on Tuesday night after moving westwards at a speed of six kmph in six hours.

At 11.30pm on Tuesday, it lay centred 310 km east-southeast of Cuddalore, about 320 km east southeast of Puducherry and 380 km south southeast of Chennai.

“It is very likely to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram around Puducherry during the night of November 25 as a very severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph,” IMD said.

Chennai and nearby districts received rain on Tuesday night and in the early hours of Wednesday. which Nungambakkam recorded 138mm of rain while Meenambakkam received 120mm. The automatic weather stations in Chennai recorded 145.5mm, Ennore Port 83mm, Meenambakkam Isro 108mm, West Tambaram 98mm, Tharamani 115mm and Chembarambakkam 89.5mm. Puzhal registered 94mm and Puducherry and Cuddalore recorded 17mm and 14mm, respectively.