Puducherry: Very severe cyclonic storm Nivar made landfall near Puducherry in the early hours of Thursday. The tropical storm has weakened from a “very severe cyclonic storm” to a “severe cyclonic storm” with a wind speed of 100-110 km per hour, gusting up to 120 km per hour, the weather office said in a statement.
Cyclone Nivar crossed Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast between 11.30pm and 2.30am as a very severe cyclonic storm with an estimated wind speed of 120kmph to 130kmph.
Following the landfall, both Puducherry and Tamil Nadu received bouts of heavy to very heavy rainfall. Nivar had weakened to a severe cyclonic storm from a very severe cyclonic storm after it crossed the union territory, according to IMD.
Transport services remain affected in Chennai. The Chennai International Airport on Thursday said that services will remain closed till Thursday at 9 am due to Cyclone Nivar via a tweet.
According to IMD’s bulletin, Puducherry received 237 mm of rainfall until 2:30 am on Thursday night. Cuddalore also received 246 mm of rainfall. Chennai and Karaikal received 89 mm of rainfall due to the storm.IMD also said that Nivar currently lies centered over north coastal Tamil Nadu and 50 km north-northwest of Puducherry.
It predicted that even though Cyclone Nivar will weaken into a cyclonic storm, wind speeds can go upto 85-95 kmph, gusting up to 105 kmph as the cyclone moves northwestwards.