Weather Update: Cyclonic storm ‘NIVAR’ in South-West Bay of Bengal

New Delhi: Cyclone ‘Nivar’ in the south-west Bay of Bengal has been moving northwest during the last six hours at a speed of 11 kmph and at 1130 hours Indian time on November 25, 2020, it will move south of Bengal Located 180 km east-southeast of West Bay on the southeast coast of Cuddalore which is 190 km southeast of Puducherry and 250 km southeast of Chennai. It is likely to turn into a very severe cyclonic storm during the next 06 hours.

On 24 November 2020, in New Delhi, Director General of Meteorological Department, Dr. M. Mahapatra and Director General of NDRF S. N Pradhan said in a joint press conference that this cyclonic storm is very likely to move northwest and cross Tamil Nadu. He said that the storm is likely to cross the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry between Karaikal and Mamallapuram around Puducherry during the midnight of 25 November 2020 midnight and 26 November 2020. During this time, the speed of this cyclonic storm can increase from 120-130 kmph to 145 kmph.

NDRF Director General S. N Pradhan told the media that the system is being closely monitored, and the Commandants of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) headquarters and battalions located in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are in touch with the state concerned. He said that in view of IMD forecasts and projected requirements by the state authorities, 22 teams (12 teams in Tamil Nadu, 03 teams in Puducherry and 07 teams in Andhra Pradesh) have already been deployed in the potentially affected areas. He said that teams have been kept in reserve in Guntur (Andhra Pradesh), Thrissur (Kerala) and Mundali (Odisha) to meet additional requirements.

NDRF Director General S. N. Pradhan said that all teams have reliable wireless and satellite communications, tree-cutter / pole cutters for general restoration after the storm if needed. In view of the current Kovid-19 scenario, the NDRF teams are equipped with appropriate PPE.

He said that the NDRF is working in equal coordination with the district and local administration. Awareness programs are being conducted for all citizens to provide information about what to do and what not to do during the cyclone and information about Kovid-19 in the affected areas and preventive measures. All deployed teams are helping the local administration in evacuating people in areas affected by the cyclone. The NDRF team is creating a sense of security among the people and stating that the team is available in their service till the situation becomes normal, the team is constantly appealing to the people to be patient.

Rain warning

Dr Mohapatra said that thunderstorms and extremely heavy rains will occur in coastal and north interior Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal, south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema during November 25 to 26 and southeast Telangana during November 26, 2020. is likely to. He pointed out that on November 25, coastal and north interior Tamil Nadu and Puducherry (Thanjavur, Thiruvoor, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Chennai, Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, Mayiladuthirai, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Kallukuri, Villupuram) are more likely to receive heavy rains. is. On 25 November in Nellore and Chittoor districts of Andhra Pradesh and Ranipet, Tiruvannamalai, Tirupattur, Vellore districts of Tamil Nadu; Chittoor, Kurnool, Prakasam and Kudappa districts of Andhra Pradesh and adjoining areas of southeast Telangana on 26 November 2020 may receive extremely heavy rainfall.

Wind warning

Wind speeds in the southwest Bay of Bengal can range from 110–120 km per hour to 135 km per hour. Dr. Mahapatra also informed that from the afternoon of 25 November, its speed in the Bay of South West Bengal can increase from a speed of 110-120 kmph to a speed of 145 kmph.

Similarly, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry as well as the south Andhra Pradesh coast and along the Gulf of Mannar have a wind speed of 55-65 kmph reaching 75 kmph. It will increase gradually and from the morning of 25 November will increase to a speed of 65-75 kmph reaching a speed of 85 kmph. From the afternoon of 25 November 2020 to early 26 November, the coastal districts of North Tamil Nadu and Puducherry (Nagapattinam, Karaikal, Myladuthurai, Cuddalore, Puducherry, Villupuram and Chengalpattu districts) increased from 120-130 kmph to 145 kmph. And Thiruvanur, Kanchipuram, Chennai, Thiruvallur districts are expected to increase at a speed of 80-90 km per hour with strong winds of 100 kmph.
West Bengal and South Andhra Pradesh (Nellore and Chittoor districts) and Gulf of Mannar as well as South Eastern districts of Tamil Nadu at a speed of 65-75 kmph from the afternoon of 25 November 2020 to early November 26 Wind can move and later it is likely to reach 85 kilometers per hour.

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