Tamil Nadu is in the grip of cyclone called as ‘Nivar’. The Meteorological department said that the several parts of Tamil Nadu has been facing rains and people in low lying areas have been shifted to safe shelters.
While intermittent rains lashed several parts of the state and union territory, the department said rainfall is extremely likely at the most places in Tamil Nadu , Puduchery and Karaikal with heavy to very heavy showers at a couple of places and very heavy rainfall at isolated places on Wednesday.
Authorities said the reservoirs here including Chembarambakkam were under a ‘constant watch’ and other people in low lying areas were being delivered to safe shelters.
The deep depression over southwest Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards and intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘Nivar’ and lay about 410 km off Puducherry and 450 km from here.
The cyclonic storm is extremely likely to accentuate further into a severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours. it’s very likely to maneuver west-northwestwards for next 12 hours then move northwestwards.
It is very likely to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram on November 25 evening as a severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 100- 110 km per hour gusting to 120 kmph, a bulletin said.
Gale wind -speed reaching 65-75 kmph and gusting to 85 kmph- is prevailing over southwest Bay of Bengal.
Sea condition is rough to very rough along the coasts of the state and union territory and tsunami of about one meter height is extremely likely to inundate the low lying areas of north coastal districts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
Fishermen have already been advised against venturing into sea.