The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has said Cyclone Nivar is set to cross the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry as a “very severe cyclonic storm” late on Wednesday.
The Chembarambakkam lake is set to be opened today and people living on the banks have been asked to stay safe.
Parts of Andhra Pradesh are also forecast to be slammed by the cyclone. The cyclone is expected to make landfall between Mamallapuram and Karaikal late on Wednesday with a wind speed of up to 145kmph, according to IMD.
IMD said, in a series of tweets on Wednesday morning, that “very heavy rainfall – 120 mm – recorded in Chennai/Meenabakkam” from 8:30am on Tuesday to 5:30am as of Wednesday. “It is very likely to move west-northwestwards for next 06 hours and northwestwards thereafter; cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram during the night of 25th Nov as a very severe cyclonic storm with wind speed 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph,” it said.