Bhubaneswar: With Cyclone Nivar expected to make landfall along the Tamil Nadu coast and Puducherry coast on November 25, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy to extremely heavy rainfall over parts of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal today.
While there will be no direct impact over Odisha, Southern districts of the State are likely to witness light to moderate rainfall on November 25 and 26, the IMD said.
According to the IMD:
On 25th November: Light to moderate rain or thundershower is very likely to occur at a few places over the districts of Malkangiri, Rayagada, Gajapati, Koraput and Ganjam. Moderate rainfall activity is also expected over rest districts of south Odisha.
On 26th November: Light to moderate rain or thundershower is very likely to occur at many places over the districts of Malkangiri, Rayagada, Gajapati, Koraput, Ganjam and Kandhamal. Moderate rainfall activity is also expected over rest districts of south Odisha.
The depression over southwest and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal has intensified into a deep depression over southwest Bay of Bengal on Monday. It further intensified into cyclonic storm ‘Nivar’ today morning and lay centered over southwest Bay of Bengal.
According to the bulletin issued by the IMD today (November 24) afternoon, the system is 410 km east-southeast of Puducherry and 450 km southeast of Chennai. It is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours.
“It is very likely to move west-north-westwards for next 12 hours and then north-westwards. It is very likely to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram around Puducherry during 25th November evening as a severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph,” the IMD further stated.