Bhubaneswar: The deep depression over southwest Bay of Bengal has intensified into cyclonic storm Nivar. It is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours with a wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting up to 120 kmph, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted.
The cyclone is moving at the average speed of 20kmph over the sea. Nellore, Tirupati and Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh are likely to receive heavy downpour today.
Cyclone Nivar will expectedly cross the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry between Karaikal and Mamallapuram on the evening of November 25. Accordingly, a Cyclone Alert has been issued for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts.
Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, besides the union territory of Puducherry, braced for rains, even as the NDRF earmarked 30 teams to launch rescue and relief operations in the states concerned in view of the cyclone Nivar.