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Cyclone Nivar brings heavy rainfall to Chennai

Cyclone Nivar brings heavy rainfall to Chennai

Tuesday 24th November 2020

Amid the Cyclone Nivar warning, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in four Tamil Nadu districts in the next 24 hours. Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur, and Chengalpet are the four districts. In its weather update, the IMD said that as per the latest observations, intense convective clouds present over Chennai and adjoining areas of Thiruvallur, Chengalpattu, and Kanchipuram districts have the potential to cause heavy to very heavy rainfall during the next 24 hours.

Cyclone Nivar is expected to intensify into a cyclonic storm and very likely to move northwestwards and cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram around Puducherry during November 25 evening as a severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has also predicted widespread rainfall/thunderstorm activity over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal from November 24-26 and over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalseema, and Telangana during November 25-26.

The governments of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Puducherry are preparing to face the impact of the weather system, as rains were forecast in the respective states and Union Territory between November 24 and 26. The NDRF has formed 30 teams to launch rescue and relief operations in these states because of the cyclone ‘Nivar.’ 

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the chief ministers of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry regarding the situation in the wake of Cyclone Nivar and assured them of all possible support from the Centre.

In a tweet, the prime minister said, "Spoke to Tamil Nadu CM Shri @EPSTamilNadu and Puducherry CM Shri @VNarayanasami regarding the situation in the wake of Cyclone Nivar. Assured all possible support from the Centre. I pray for the safety and well-being of those living in the affected areas.

According to the latest bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a deep depression and lay centered at 5.30 pm on Monday over southwest Bay of Bengal, about 450 km east-southeast of Puducherry and 480 km southeast of Chennai.

"It is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours and into a severe cyclone storm during the subsequent 24 hours

Cyclone Nivar is expected to intensify into a cyclonic storm and very likely to move northwestwards and cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram around Puducherry during November 25 evening as a severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 mph. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in many places across Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Puducherry. 

The weatherman has predicted widespread rainfall/thunderstorm activity over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal from November 24-26 and over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalseema, and Telangana during 25-26.

With Cyclone Nivar likely to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram on the evening of Wednesday, rains lashed parts of Chennai on Tuesday, as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

According to the cyclone warning center, the deep depression over southwest Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards with a speed of five km per hour during the past six hours and intensified into Nivar.

“The deep depression lay centered over southwest Bay of Bengal near latitude 10.0 degrees North and longitude 83.0 degrees East, about 410 km east-southeast of Puducherry and 450 km southeast of Chennai on November 24. It is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours. The cyclone is very likely to move west-northwestwards for the next 12 hours and then northwestwards,” the cyclone warning center said.

The cyclone is likely to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) around Puducherry during November 25 evening as a severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph.

Rain or thundershowers are very likely to occur at many places over south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema during November 25 and 26. Well begun is half done, goes the old saying, and in Kerala, this now aptly fits the once invincible Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who is now in his fifth year of governance. After a good beginning, he has now turned vulnerable.

Even though Vijayan never led the poll battle in 2016, instead it was handled by his arch-rival and old foe, party colleague -- the aging V.S. Achuthanandan. The moment it became clear that the Left Democratic Front has won a resounding victory, defeating the then 'tainted' Congress Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, the masterstroke came from the CPI-M party headquarters in Delhi, with Vijayan becoming the Chief Minister and Achuthanandan getting a mere decorative title -- 'Kerala Castro'Thus began the journey of Vijayan, fresh from 17 years of experience of being the toughest CPI-M state secretary, he had nothing to look backward as by then, despite handing over the charge to a new secretary, the party in Vijayan's full control.

 

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