Cyclone Nivar is very likely to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the south-western Bay of Bengal coastal area of the country during the evening of November 25 as India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed on Tuesday that the deep depression has intensified into a cyclonic storm.
Wind speeds are likely to be 100-110 km per hour gusting to 120 km per hour.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) tweeted: "Deep depression has intensified into a cyclonic storm -- NIVAR over the south-west Bay of Bengal -- (Cyclone alert for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts - Yellow Message)."
(1) Deep Depression intensified into a Cyclonic Strom ―NIVAR‖ over southwest Bay of Bengal—(Cyclone Alert for Tamilnadu and Puducherry coasts- Yellow Message)— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) November 24, 2020
(2) Deep Depression weakened into a Depression over Gulf of Aden and adjoining Somaliahttps://t.co/QSfsJn8fMKpic.twitter.com/ydXZlvYmBz
It further said: "Deep depression has weakened into a depression over the Gulf of Aden and adjoining Somalia."
However, rainfall is expected to start from November 24 in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and will remain till November 26. During November 24 and 25 extremely heavy rainfall is expected at North coastal districts and delta districts.
Regional Meteorological Centre has advised fishermen to avoid the sea. Officials asked people to keep food materials with them and avoid unnecessary travel.
In the wake of the IMD warning for cyclone Nivar, counseling for admission to MBBS/BDS course 2020-21 scheduled for November 24 has been postponed to November 30, Directorate of Medical Education, Tamil Nadu informed.