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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: The deep depression over southwest Bay of Bengal intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘Nivar’, said India Meteorological Department on Tuesday.

As per a statement released by the IMD, the cyclonic storm Nivar will further intensify into ‘severe Cyclonic storm’ before crossing Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts on November 25 evening.

It is pertinent to mention here that it is the second severe cyclone formed over the Bay of Bengal after the Super Cyclone Amphan that cause massive destruction in West Bengal and parts of North Odisha in May this year.

Though there will be no direct impact of cyclone Nivar on Odisha and neighbouring Chhattisgarh, both the States will experience rainfall between November 26 and 27.

“The system is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours. It is likely to move west-northwest wards for the next 12 hours and then northwest wards,” said IMD in a statement.

As per IMD officials, the severe cyclonic storm will cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram around November 25 evening.

Wind Warning:

Wind with speeds 65 to 75 km/hr gusting to 85 km/hr is likely prevail off Tamil Nadu coast on Tuesday. As the cyclone would inch closer to the coast and enter the ‘severe’ category, winds with speeds 100 to 110 km/ hr gusting to 120 km/hr has been predicted over north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry Karaikal.

A red alert has been sounded in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry while all necessary measures have been taken by the National Disaster Rapid Action Force (NDRF) to carrying out relief and rescue operations.

As per official sources, the NDRF has deployed 30 teams at Tamil Nadu and Puducherry as a precautionary measure in view of the oncoming severe cyclonic storm that is likely to make landfall tomorrow.

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