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Cyclone Nivar, Weather Forecast Highlights: Low pressure area in Bay of Bengal to bring rains to TN, Puducherry from Dec 1

Cyclone Nivar, Weather Forecast Highlights: The IMD has issued a yellow alert in coastal Andhra Pradesh and has forecast heavy rainfall in isolated places in Chittoor, Kurnool, Prakasam, Cuddappa and Nellore today.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: November 28, 2020 9:01:57 am
Vehicles ply on waterlogged road of Indira Gandhi Square after heavy rain following the landfall of Cyclone Nivar, in Puducherry, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)

Cyclone Nivar, Weather Forecast Highlights: The estimated loss to agriculture and other sectors due to cyclone Nivar has been tentatively put at Rs 400 crore and a full assessment is being made, Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said on Thursday after visiting localities affected by the cyclonic storm when it made landfall in the early hours.

Paddy crops over an extent of 820 hectares besides vegetables on 200 hectares, sugarcane on 170 hectares, 55 hectares of banana crop and betel leaf cultivated on seven hectares had been severely hit by the torrential rains, the chief minister said. Puducherry administration would seek an interim relief of Rs 50 crores from the Centre, he told reporters.

A full assessment was being made by the departments on the total quantum of loss in farm and other sectors although it had been estimated tentatively that the loss would be Rs 400 crore, Narayanasamy said.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has announced that the depression over south coastal Andhra Pradesh has moved north-northeastwards and weakened into a low pressure area. The low pressure area lay centered over south coastal Andhra Pradesh and westcentral Bay of Bengal at 5.30 am Friday.

The IMD has issued a yellow alert in coastal Andhra Pradesh and has forecast heavy rainfall in isolated places in Chittoor, Kurnool, Prakasam, Cuddappa and Nellore Friday.

Chennai cyclone helplines: 044 25384530 or 044 25384540 or the control room 1913 (available 24×7)

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Cyclone Nivar, Weather Forecast Highlights: 3 dead; cyclone makes landfall near Puducherry, weakens into 'deep depression'; rains pound parts of Tamil Nadu; public holiday declared in TN.

17:50 (IST)27 Nov 2020
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17:10 (IST)27 Nov 2020
RMC forecasts rain in TN, Puducherry next week

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Chennai said that a low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal on November 30 could bring more rains to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry from December 1.

Deputy Director General of Meteorology, Chennai, S Balachandran, told reporters that the system was likely to intensify into a depression later. "A low pressure area is likely to form over southeast Bay of Bengal during the next 48 hours. It is very likely to intensify into a depression on November 30 and move towards the Tamil Nadu coast," he told reporters in Chennai.

As a result, there will be widespread rains in Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry from December 1-3, he said.

The forecast for more rains for the southern state and the union territory comes a day after severe cyclonic storm 'Nivar' made landfall between Tamil Nadu and Puducherry early on Thursday, bringing sharp showers.

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16:05 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Depression weakens into low pressure area

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has announced that the depression over south coastal Andhra Pradesh has moved north-northeastwards and weakened into a low pressure area. The low pressure area lay centered over south coastal Andhra Pradesh and westcentral Bay of Bengal at 5.30 am today.

15:10 (IST)27 Nov 2020
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14:41 (IST)27 Nov 2020
204 flights to be operated between Chennai and major cities today

With Chennai International Airport having resumed operations on Thursday after Cyclone Nivar made landfall near Puducherry, a total of 204 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 102 arrivals and 102 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

Officials at the airport have also urged travellers to check with the respective airlines for any changes in schedule.

13:47 (IST)27 Nov 2020
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12:57 (IST)27 Nov 2020
I thank the Almighty for saving Puducherry from the fury of the cyclone: V Narayanaswamy

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy expressed relief that 'Nivar' had caused no big loss and there was no loss of life. "I thank the Almighty for saving Puducherry from the fury of the cyclone," he said appreciating the team work of all departments, the NDRF team and defence personnel.

Puducherry registered 27 cm rainfall while Karaikal recorded 10 cm in the 24 hours ending 8.30 am Thursday. Water was drained from low lying areas and various housing colonies using pumps. All trees that were uprooted under the strong winds were being removed, the chief minister said.

12:18 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Low pressure area likely to form over southeast Bay of Bengal: IMD

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has announced that a low pressure area is very likely to form over southeast Bay of Bengal over the next 48 hours. According to S Balachandran, the director of the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Chennai, said that it is very likely to intensify into a depression during the subsequent 24 hours around November 30 and move towards the Tamil Nadu coast.

The IMD has forecast enhanced rainfall activity over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry from December 1 to December 3.

11:29 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Puducherry CM estimates loss due to Cyclone Vivar to be Rs. 400 crore

The estimated loss to agriculture and other sectors due to cyclone Nivar has been tentatively put at Rs 400 crore and a full assessment is being made, Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said on Thursday after visiting localities affected by the cyclonic storm when it made landfall in the early hours.

Paddy crops over an extent of 820 hectares besides vegetables on 200 hectares, sugarcane on 170 hectares, 55 hectares of banana crop and betel leaf cultivated on seven hectares had been severely hit by the torrential rains, the chief minister said. Puducherry administration would seek an interim relief of Rs 50 crores from the Centre, he told reporters.

A full assessment was being made by the departments on the total quantum of loss in farm and other sectors although it had been estimated tentatively that the loss would be Rs 400 crore, Narayanasamy said.

10:51 (IST)27 Nov 2020
After cylone Nivar, Tamil Nadu likely to receive heavy rains again next week: IMD

Slammed by the severe cyclonic storm Nivar early Thursday, Tamil Nadu is likely to receive another spell of very heavy rainfall as a fresh low pressure area is expected to form in the Bay of Bengal from November 29 onwards, the IMD said.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra said the low pressure area likely to form on November 29 may bring very heavy rains over Tamil Nadu.

He, however, said it needs to be seen whether the low pressure area will intensify into a cyclone. A low pressure area is the first stage of formation of a cyclone. "We are closely monitoring it (the low pressure area)," Mohapatra said.

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10:15 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Cyclone Nivar: Temperature drops in Bengaluru after rain

Heavy rainfall lashed eastern and southeastern Bengaluru on Thursday and most of the other areas received light to moderate showers due the impact of cyclone Nivar. The rain has brought down the temperature in the city

According to KSNDMC, Bommanahalli and Mahadevapura zones received more than 29 mm of rainfall. RR Nagar and Dasarahalli zones received 5-10 mm of rain.

Varthur received 29 mm of rain Begur, Indiranagar, HSR Layout, Marathahalli, Bellandur, Indiranagar, Doddanekkundi and Yelahanka received between 18 mm to 25 mm of rainfall. Banashankari, Yelahanka, parts of Basavanagudi, Jayanagar and Mysuru Road received light showers.

The India Meteorological Department had sounded a yellow alert in Bengaluru Urban and Rural, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Tumakuru, Mandya, and Ramanagara districts of Karnataka on November 26. "These districts are very likely to experience isolated heavy rainfall on November 26," C S Patil, IMD Bengaluru Director said.

South Interior Karnataka was expected to experience rainfall on November 26 and light to moderate scattered rainfall on November 27. North Interior Karnataka is very likely to experience isolated rainfall on 27 and 28 Nov, IMD said. Coastal Karnataka will experience isolated rainfall on November 27 and 28. “Bengaluru is very likely to experience rain on November 26 and 27,” Patil added.

09:40 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Chennai: Workmen special trains from today

The Southern Railway has announced that workmen special train services in Chennai, which had been suspended due to Cyclone Nivar will resume operations from Friday.

09:24 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Yellow alert issued in coastal Andhra Pradesh

The IMD has issued a yellow alert in coastal Andhra Pradesh and has forecast heavy rainfall in isolated places in Chittoor, Kurnool, Prakasam, Cuddappa and Nellore today.

09:00 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Cyclone Nivar weakens into depression over south coastal Andhra Pradesh

Cyclone Nivar has weakened from a deep depression into a depression over south coastal Andhra Pradesh. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the deep depression over south Rayalseema had moved north-northwards with a speed of 8 kmph before weakening into a depression.

The depression lay centered over south coastal Andhra Pradesh near latitude 14°N and longitude 79.5°E, about 35 km north of Tirupati and 70 km south-southwest of Nellore at 11.30 pm on November 26. The depression is expected to move northwards and weaken into a low pressure area over the next 12 hours.

21:02 (IST)26 Nov 2020
In Pics: Metro services affected in Bengaluru due to cyclone

People stand in a queue to board the metro train during rain after the landfall of Cyclone Nivar, in Bengaluru, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (PTI Photo)

20:51 (IST)26 Nov 2020
Heavy rains batter life in Chennai

An aerial view of flooded Mudichur area following heavy rain triggered by Cyclone Nivar, in Chennai, Thursday, November 26, 2020. (PTI Photo)

NDRF personnel carry out a rescue operation to move locals to safer places after the landfall of Cyclone Nivar, at Mudichur in Chennai, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (PTI Photo)

19:46 (IST)26 Nov 2020
Cylcone Nivar likely to weaken into depression during next 6 hours

The cyclonic storm Nivar weakened into a deep depression and lay centered over south Rayalaseema and neighbourhood, about 30 km west-southwest of Tirupathi and 115 km west-northwest of Chennai, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a bulletin at 5.30 pm. The cyclone was moving at 13 kmph during the past six hours and is very likely to move nearly northwards, weaken into a depression during the next six hours and into a low pressure area during the subsequent 12 hours.

19:05 (IST)26 Nov 2020
After cyclone Nivar, TN likely to receive heavy rains again next week: IMD

Slammed by the severe cyclonic storm Nivar early Thursday, Tamil Nadu is likely to receive another spell of very heavy rainfall as a fresh low pressure area is expected to form in the Bay of Bengal from November 29 onwards, the IMD said.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra said the low pressure area likely to form on November 29 may bring very heavy rains over Tamil Nadu.

He, however, said it needs to be seen whether the low pressure area will intensify into a cyclone. A low pressure area is the first stage of formation of a cyclone. "We are closely monitoring it (the low pressure area)," Mohapatra said. (PTI)

18:57 (IST)26 Nov 2020
Puducherry: Cyclone-affected people take shelter in relief camps

Storm-affected people take refuge at a relief camp, in the aftermath of cyclone Nivar yesterday night, in Puducherry, Thursday, November 26, 2020. (PTI Photo)

18:34 (IST)26 Nov 2020
Cyclone Nivar weakens into a 'deep depression'

The cyclonic storm Nivar weakened into deep depression and lay centred at over south Rayalaseema and neighbourhood, about 50 km west-southwest of Tirupathi and 115 km west-northwest of Chennai. The deep depression is very likely to move nearly northwards, weaken further into a depression during next six hours and into a low pressure area by subsequent 12 hours.

Chennai, Chennai rain, Cyclone Nivar, Waterlogging A man wades through a waterlogged street in Chennai following heavy rains ahead of Cyclone Nivar. Express Photo: Srinivas K

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For lodging complaints regarding issues left in the wake of Cylone Nivar, citizens can contact the Greater Chennai Corporation's (GCC) cyclone helplines 044 25384530 or 044 25384540 or the control room 1913 (available 24x7) | Citizens can find the nearest Cyclone Nivar relief centre in Chennai here | For assistance on COVID-19-related queries and mental health support in Chennai, citizens can contact the GCC's COVID-19 helpline 044 46122300 | Citizens can find the nearest GCC-facilitated COVID-19 fever clinic here | For lodging rain-related complaints and assistance during the monsoon, citizens can contact the GCC's monsoon helplines 044 25384530 or 044 25384540 or the control room 1913 (available 24x7)

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