The city of Chennai, Tamilnadu, is likely to experience heavy to very heavy landfall as cyclone Nivar is inching towards Tamilnadu’s coasts. Rainfall of 6cm to 10 cm is expected. Also mentioned that Monday will remain subtle with clouds as the system is too far away and will start raining on Tuesday as the cyclone edged closer to the coast.
An IMD bulletin said a well-marked low pressure in the Bay of Bengal closer to the Tamilnadu coast will intensify into a depression in the next 12 hours and later develop into a cyclonic storm next 24 hours. Moreover, it is moving at 18 mph speed towards the coast.
Later, S. Balachandran, deputy director-general said, “Rain will start in coastal districts on Monday and will intensify step by step. On Tuesday and Wednesday, some areas on the coast will receive Rain and hefty Rain. Fishermen should not venture into sea till November 25”. He also said that there are heavy to hefty Rain in the city and its suburbs on Tuesday.
Path of Nivar:
Nivar currently lies as a depression some 600 km southeast of Puducherry in the Bay of Bengal. It will intensify into a deep depression by the evening of November 23 and a cyclone by the morning of November 24. Also, the wind speeds at the time of landfall are likely to be in the range of 100-110 kilometers per hour, with gusts of up to 120 km/hr, making the storm a severe cyclone.
It might bring heavy rainfall to the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Telangana from November 24-26. But a close watch on its behavior needs to be maintained.
The cyclone is likely to improve the rainfall deficit the city is facing this Northeast monsoon.