Cyclone NIVAR: 145 kmph gusty winds along coastal districts likely

New Delhi: The severe cyclonic storm NIVAR over southwest Bay of Bengal is very likely to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours, a bulletin of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued this morning said.

It is very likely to move northwestwards and cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram around Puducherry during mid-night of 25th and early hours of 26th November as a very severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph.

Wind Warning:

* Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph is prevailing along & off Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining South Andhra Pradesh coast and over Gulf of Mannar. It will gradually increase and become gale wind speed reaching 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph along & off coastal districts of north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry (Nagapattinam, Karaikal, Myladuthurai, Cuddalore, Puducherry, Villupuram & Chengalpattu) and 80-90 gusting to 100 kmph very likely over Tiruvarur, Kanchipuram, Chennai, Tiruvallur districts during afternoon of 25th to early hrs of 26th November.

* Gale wind speed reaching 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph very likely over adjoining west central Bay of Bengal and along & off South Andhra Pradesh (Nellore & Chittoor districts), Gulf of Mannar and along and off south coastal districts of Tamil Nadu during afternoon of 25th to early hrs of 26th November.

Storm Surge Warning: Tidal wave of about 1-1.5m height above the astronomical tide is very likely to inundate the low lying areas of north coastal districts of Tamilnadu & Puducherry near the place of landfall.

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