Cyclone Nivar Weaken after making landfall; Chennai, Puducherry witness heavy rain

Cyclone Nivar made landfall near Puducherry in the early hours of Thursday. Following the landfall, both Puducherry and Tamil Nadu get very heavy rainfall.

Nivar has weakened to a severe cyclonic storm from a very severe cyclonic storm after it crossed the union territory, according to IMD.

According to the IMD, 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 up to 85-95 kmph, gusting up to 105 kmph as the cyclone moves northwestwards.

The IMD also said that the danger is not over yet as “some part of the cyclone is still over the sea through the center is over the land”.

According to a media report, more than 2 lakh people have been taken to cyclone shelters ahead of Nivar’s landfall.

Tamil Nadu Police, Puducherry Police, and NDRF teams are in the state to assist in the rescue operation.

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