Cyclone Nivar: The Weather System Weakened Into a ‘Cyclonic Storm’
By: Ashwathy Nair
As a very severe cyclonic storm, Cyclone Nivar made landfall near Puducherry. On Wednesday, the landfall, which began at 11:30 pm, lasted till 2:30 am on Thursday.
Till yet, at least three people have lost their lives due to Cyclone Nivar, which led to a landfall last night near Puducherry. About 50 kilometres north-northwest of Puducherry, the severe cyclonic storm Nivar is now laying centred over north coastal Tamil Nadu. A wind speed of 85 to 95 kilometre per hour is still being maintained as it moves towards interior areas. During the next three hours, it might be moving towards the northwest and would weaken further into a cyclonic storm.
Persistent rains and strong winds are being witnessed by some parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in which State capital Chennai is included. The continuous raining and winds have caused the damage of properties because of the water-logging and fallen trees. Across Tamil Nadu, thousands of people have been evacuated to storm shelters.
In a bulletin at 12:15 pm, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) stated that during the period of next six hours, the cyclone is foreseen to move northwestwards, and it would further weaken into a deep depression.
Throughout the night, heavy rain is being witnessed by the parts of Puducherry and Tamil Nadu. It is predicted that the Union Territory and the State might face more rainfall. Along with that, parts of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka are likely to receive heavy rains.
S Balachandran, the Deputy Director-General of Meteorology, Chennai stated that “The storm is currently inside the land area. However, there will also be rainfall and strong winds.”
The heavy rainfall has led to many fall of trees in the city, several of them have been cleared by the Greater Chennai Corporation.
A public holiday has been declared by the government of Tamil Nadu.