Cyclone Nivar: Fishermen have been advised not to go out to sea and low-lying areas.
Gusty winds and rains lashed parts of Tamil Nadu today leaving several areas inundated and authorities have housed over one lakh people in shelters as severe cyclone "Nivar" hurtled towards the coast. Nivar would intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm and it is likely to cross the coast between Tamil Nadu and Puducherry soon, the India Meteorological Department said.
With rains drenching parts of the state, authorities have evacuated over one lakh people and housed them in shelters besides disconnecting power supply in vulnerable areas as a precautionary measure.
While Chief Minister K Palaniswami declared Thursday a public holiday for 13 districts, a government order included three more districts considering the safety of people in view of the cyclone.
The Puducherry Chief Minister spoke to NDTV on Tuesday and said large gatherings had been banned and public movement prohibited from 9 PM to 6 AM Thursday. He also said non-essential shops and services had been shut; only milk booths, fuel stations, hospitals and pharmacies, and government offices will be allowed to open.
The National Disaster Response Force has earmarked a total of 50 teams -- with 30 being deployed on the ground in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh -- in view of the cyclone moving ahead from the Bay of Bengal towards the coastal areas. Twenty teams have been kept on standby at Vijaywada (Andhra Pradesh), Cuttack (Odisha) and Thrissur (Kerala).
Here are the Live Updates on Cyclone Nivar in Tamil Nadu:
Cyclone Nivar Makes Landfall; Heavy Rain In Chennai, Puducherry: 10 Points
Cyclone Nivar made a late-night landfall near Puducherry. The tropical storm has weakened from a "very severe cyclonic storm" to a "severe cyclonic storm" with a wind speed of 100-110 km per hour, gusting up to 120 km per hour, the weather office said in a statement. The coastal states have been bracing for the cyclone - the fifth-strongest category on India's scale of seven storm types - and more than a lakh people were evacuated from low-lying areas. Nivar has brought with it heavy rain and strong winds and forced authorities to declare a public holiday till Thursday, close the Chennai airport and metro services.
Cyclone Nivar would move northwestwards and weaken further into a cyclonic storm during next 3 hours: India Meteorological Department (IMD)
The winds are higher in northeast sector, therefore, the northeast sector from Puducherry has still the higher winds of 100-110 kmph. It will gradually decrease to 65-75 kmph during next 03 hours with further northwest ward movement of the system over land: IMD
Indian Navy deploys ships, aircraft, helicopters, diving, disaster relief teams on standby for support
As "severe" cyclonic storm Nivar approached Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts, the Indian Navy on Wednesday put ships, aircraft, helicopters, diving, and disaster relief teams on standby for rendering support to state and Union Territory administration, ANI reported.
"Cyclone Nivar Update: Indian Navy ships, aircraft, helicopters, diving, and disaster relief teams standby for rendering full support to State administration as Severe Cyclonic Storm Nivar crosses Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast," tweeted the official spokesperson of Navy.
Landfall process of Cyclone Nivar begins
"Very severe cyclonic storm Nivar now lies about 50 km east-southeast of Cuddalore, about 40 km east southeast of Puducherry.Landfall process commence. Centre of cyclone to cross coast near puducherry within next 3 hours," says India Meteorological Department.
Cyclone Nivar to make landfall in Tamil Nadu soon
Cyclone Nivar is expected to make landfall in Tamil Nadu in an hour, says weather department.
It is centred around 130 km south of Chennai.
Landfall will likely be North of Puducherry, between Puducherry and Marakkanam, say officials.
Water levels in Tamil Nadu rivers rise due to heavy rainfall
Due to continuous rain in most parts of Tamil Nadu signalling the fast approaching Cyclone Nivar, river Aaniar in Tiruvallur district and river Palar in Chengalpattu district are witnessing a rise in water levels, said Central Water Commission (CWC).
In a series of tweets, CWC said that river Nagari in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh is also raising, which is likely to give additional inflows into Poondi Dam in Tiruvallur District of Tamil Nadu.
Landfall of Cyclone Nivar expected around 2am
Indian Navy and NDRF officials say 120 km winds will impact Puducherry while 100 km winds will be witnessed in Chennai. They said there is a second depression forming. Landfall of Cyclone Nivar is expected between 2 am and 3 am. Landfall will be just north of Puducherry, officials say.
Cyclone Nivar: Railways cancels over dozen special trains, offers full refund
The Railways has cancelled over a dozen special trains on November 25 and 26 scheduled to either originate from and terminate in the southern states of the country in view of the impending cyclone Nivar, and offered full refund. Nivar is forecast intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm and is likely to cross the coast between Tamil Nadu and Puducherry before dawn on Thursday, the India Meteorological Department said.
BJP cancels Vetrivel Yatra in Tamil Nadu till December 5 due to Cyclone Nivar
In view of Cyclone Nivar, Bharatiya Janata Party has cancelled programmes under Vetrivel Yatra from November 25 till December 5 in Tamil Nadu, said BJP state chief L Murugan. "Due to Cyclone Nivar, we've cancelled programmes under Vetrivel Yatra which started on November 6, at Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur, and two other places today. The remaining programmes have been postponed and yatra will culminate on December 5 at Thiruchendur," he said.
National Disaster Response Force deploys 25 teams for rescue ops in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 25 teams in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, which are expected to be hit by the "very severe" Cyclone Nivar by the end of the day, or by early hours of tomorrow morning, said SN Pradhan, Director General, NDRF.
"The India Meteorological Department is categorising Cyclone Nivar as 'very severe'. With keeping the average gusting speed of 130-140 kilometres per hour in mind, we are preparing for the worst. Our teams have been on the ground for the last 2 days, and the rest will reach by today evening. Till now 25 teams are deployed through Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, including 19 teams in Tamil Nadu and six in Puducherry," said Mr Pradhan.
Puducherry declares Thursday as public holiday due to Cyclone Nivar
The territorial administration declared on Thursday a public holiday for all departments and educational institutions in Puducherry and Karaikal regions with the cyclonic weather continuing. Today was also a public holiday.
Hundreds evacuated in Chennai as cyclone nears
Hundreds of people in low lying areas in Chennai were evacuated and more than 150 relief centres were on standby ahead of a "very severe cyclonic storm", government officials said.
Many automobile companies in Chennai, home to a flourishing automobile industry and dubbed the "Detroit of South Asia", shut operations on Wednesday, and some were likely to remain closed on Thursday, a person familiar with the matter said. Vessels in the city's port have been moved to sea and port operations will likely remain shut until the cyclone makes landfall, a senior port official said.
Puducherry prepares for cyclone Nivar, Chief Minister visits coastal areas
As cyclone Nivar approaches, the Puducherry government said the administrative machinery is fully geared up to meet any exigency while Chief Minister V Narayanasamy visited coastal villages to monitor steps taken to ensure the safety of fishermen community.
The union territory has been experiencing intermittent moderate rains since Tuesday night under the influence of the cyclonic storm.
In a video message, Lt Governor Kiran Bedi appealed to the residents to stay indoors and asked those living in low lying areas to move to safer places.
Cyclone Nivar: Flight operations at Chennai Airport to remain suspended till tomorrow
Due to Cyclone Nivar, flight operations at Chennai Airport will remain suspended from 7 pm today to 7 am tomorrow, according to officials.
Tamil Nadu public holiday to continue till tomorrow in 13 districts: Chief Minister
Due to Cyclone Nivar, the statewide public holiday in Tamil Nadu will continue till November 26 in 13 districts of Tamil Nadu including Chennai, Vellore, Cuddalore, Viluppuram, Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur, Chengalpattu, and Perambalore, says Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.
Storage almost full, officials start releasing water from key Chennai reservoir
As the storage level touched 3,000 million cubic feet in the Chembarambakkam reservoir as against it full capacity of 3,645 Mcft, authorities began releasing about 1,000 cusecs into the Adyar river as a
As the surplus waters gushed forth with the opening of shutters after about five years, Chief Minister K Palaniswami inspected the dam premises and reviewed the precautionary measures and the outflow.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister visits Chembarambakkam Lake to review situation ahead of Cyclone Nivar
Ahead of Cyclone Nivar, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday visited Chembarambakkam lake to review the ground situation.
Tamil Nadu Additional Chief Secretary Atulya Misra has emphasised the need to ensure COVID-19 protocols are followed and masks, sanitisers are available. "In relief camps, we need to ensure COVID-19 protocols are followed and masks, sanitisers are available. There's an inventory of 27 items per person, which we keep ready, this also includes dignity kit for women," Atulya Misra said.
Seven trains have been cancelled by southern railways till now ahead of cyclone Nivar's landfall.
Light intensity rainfall would occur over isolated places of South-West Delhi and over and adjoining areas of Jhunjhunu, Narwana, Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Jind, Shadipur-Julana, and Assand during the next 2 hours: India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Tamil Nadu: Severe water-logging in the area around Chennai's Poonamallee High Road, following heavy rains.
South-Western Railways cancels two trains scheduled for tomorrow in view of Cyclone Nivar.
Chennai Airport: 26 flights from Chennai cancelled due to Cyclone Nivar, reports news agency ANI.
Cyclone Nivar Latest News LIVE: 6 trains cancelled by southern railways
Two trains cancelled for today, three for tomorrow, and one for November 28. A total of five trains partially cancelled: Southern Railways.
WATCH: Shutters of Chembarambakkam lake opened to release water
Tamil Nadu Weather LIVE Updates: Mrutyunjay Mohapatra says cyclone Nivar could cause damage to homes
IMD DG Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra says Cyclone Nivar is gradually intensifying. "It could cause structural damage, uprooting of trees, damage to thatched/tin houses, and damage to banana and paddy crops. There will be strong winds and heavy rain. The most impact will be in Puducherry and Karaikal."
Strong winds and rough seas are being witnessed at Mamallapuram ahead of the expected landfall of Cyclone Nivar between Karaikal and Mamallapuram during midnight today and early hours of November 26, reports news agency ANI.
The Indian Army is ready to assist the government and the civil administration in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
In relief camps, we need to ensure COVID-19 protocols are followed and masks, sanitisers are available. There's an inventory of 27 items per person which we keep ready, this also includes a dignity kit for women: Atulya Misra, Additional Chief Secretary, Tamil Nadu Government.
Cyclone Nivar to cross coast tonight or on Thursday morning: India Meteorological Department
Severe cyclonic storm ''Nivar'' will intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm over the next 12 hours and cross the coast between Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Wednesday midnight or early Thursday, India Meteorological Department said. Meanwhile, water will be released from Chembarambakkam lake, one of the key drinking water sources to the city, since it was nearing capacity, by noon, the government said. In its latest bulletin on Wednesday, the IMD said NIVAR over southwest Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 07 kmph during past six hours and lay centred at 0530 hrs of today at about 290 km east-southeast of Cuddalore, about 300 km east southeast of Puducherry and 350 km south southeast of Chennai.
Cyclone Nivar likely to cross between Mamallapuram and Karaikal by midnight
Cyclone Nivar is likely to cross between Mamallapuram and Karaikal during midnight of Wednesday and early hours of November 26, as per India Meteorological Department (IMD). Earlier at 2.30 AM, Cyclone Nivar moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 6 kmph and lay centred in the southwest Bay of Bengal, said IMD. Meanwhile, rains lashed Chennai as Cyclone Nivar lay 350 km South-East of Chennai moving North-West. "While crossing wind speed likely to touch 145 kmph," said the Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, Chennai.
Cyclone Nivar LIVE: Waterlogging seen in parts of Chennai
Tamil Nadu: Water logging in some parts of the city of Chennai, due to heavy rainfall ahead of Cyclone Nivar's landfall.
Cyclone Nivar LIVE Updates: Cyclone Nivar To Hit Tamil Nadu, Puducherry With Winds At 145 Kmph
Coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are bracing for Cyclone Nivar, which has intensified into a "severe cyclonic storm", expected to intensify further and is barrelling towards the southeast coast. Read Here
Cyclone Nivar Latest News LIVE: People from Low-lying Puducherry Areas Evacuated, says V Narayanasamy
Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said today that the central control room operating from State Disaster Management Control Room would provide help to the public. "People from low lying areas evacuated. They will be provided with food, water, hand sanitisers and face masks. The fishermen advised not to venture into the sea," he said.
Tamil Nadu: Rain lashes Chennai as Cyclone Nivar is expected to make landfall later today
Puducherry governor Kiran Bedi asked people today to move to safer places ahead of the Cyclone Nivar.
Cyclone Nivar lays 350 km SE of Chennai moving NW and likely to intensify into severe cyclonic storm and cross between Karaikal and Mahabalipuram today late evening or night. While crossing wind speed likely to touch 145 kmph: Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, Chennai.
Visuals from Mamallapuram; Cyclone Nivar is likely to cross between Mamallapuram and Karaikal during midnight today and early hours of November 26, as per India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Tamil Nadu declares statewide holiday today due to cyclone Nivar
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami declared a statewide public holiday today as Cyclone Nivar is expected to cross Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram tomorrow evening. "The severe cyclonic storm is expected to cross between Karaikal and Mamallapuram around Puducherry by tomorrow evening. Under the influence of this cyclone, rainfall is expected to continue up to 27th November in Tamil Nadu," S Balachandran, India Meteorological Department (IMD) Chennai said.
Latest Update from the India Meteorological Department:
Cyclone Nivar is very likely to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours.
Cyclone Nivar to bring extremely heavy rainfall
Nivar will bring extremely heavy rainfall and winds between 120 and 130 km per hour, with gusts of up to 145 km per hour, the Regional Meteorological Centre in Chennai has advised, adding that coastal areas could receive heavy rains till Thursday.
The Severe Cyclonic Storm Nivar over southwest Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 6 kmph during past six hours and lay centred at 0230 hrs IST today over southwest Bay of Bengal: India Meteorological Department
Cyclone in Tamil Nadu: Heavy rain lashes Kanchipuram
Tamil Nadu: Heavy rain lashes Kanchipuram as Cyclone Nivar is expected to make landfall between Karaikal and Mamallapuram later today.
Cyclone Nivar: Sea rough in Puducherry
Watch: Sea rough in Puducherry as severe cyclonic storm Nivar to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram tonight.