Severe cyclonic storm Nivar is very likely to intensify further into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during the next 12 hours. It is expected to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram during November 25 late evening as a very severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph. Almost 1,200 National Disaster Response Force rescue personnel have been deployed in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry and 800 others are on standby in view of cyclone Nivar. Here are the latest updates:

The Central Water Commission, in its flood forecast, has issued warning on water level rise at the Chembarambakkam reservoir on river Adyar. Officials says precautions have been taken to release water in a phased manner so as not to cause flooding like in 2015.

Chief Minister E Palanisamy has announced public holiday in Chennai, Cuddalore, Tanjore and 13 other districts due to Cyclone Nivar

Cyclone update at 1300 Hours





The present level at the Chembarambakkam reservoir is 82.933 feet as against it full reservoir level of 85.40 feet.

The CWC has forecast that the Chembarambakkam reservoir is likely to get an average inflow of 7062 cusecs till 6am on November 26.

Airport authorities have been advised to maintain strict vigil in the rise of water level as it passes under the runway at Chennai airport. 

Orders have been issued to remove all banners and cut outs in Chennai by 12 noon.

The step is being taken as a precautionary measure to prevent accidents due to cyclone Nivar


Cyclone Nivar is already dumping a huge amount rain in Chennai and other coastal parts of the state. Chennai received the highest rainfall of 93.8 mm each at Rayapuram and Thenampet.



According to the latest Indian Meteorological Department update, severe cyclonic storm Nivar lay about 290 km east-southeast of Cuddalore. It is very likely to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours. It is very likely to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts during midnight of 25th and early hours of November 26.

In a series of tweets, IMD said that 'very heavy rainfall - 120 mm - recorded in Chennai/Minabakkam” from 8:30am on Tuesday to 5:30am as of Wednesday. “It is very likely to move west-northwestwards for next 06 hours and northwestwards thereafter; cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram during the night of November 25 as a very severe cyclonic storm with wind speed 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph,” it said.

8 teams of Indian army Indian Army will reach today with rescue boats.

6 NDRF teams have been sent to Cuddalore, 3 to Nagapattinam, 1 to Mayiladudurai, 2 to Vizhupuram, 3 at Chengalpet and 1 at Tanjore.

State disaster relief teams and fire rescue teams are also on the alert.

All fishermen are safely back to the coast.

Indian Coast guard ships are on the alert to make sure that nobody ventures into sea.

148 lakes in Kanchipuram and Chengalpattu districts reaching 100 per cent capacity.

Local authorities informed that Sembarapakkam lake reservoir, which supplies water to Chennai, will be opened today to drain excess water as it is about to reach full capacity. As a precautionary measure, 1000 cubic feet of water will be released at Noon.

People living in the lower reaches of both banks of the Adyar River are therefore advised to move to safer areas.

Flight services too have been disrupted with at least 12 incoming and 12 outgoing flights from the Chennai airport being cancelled in view of the weather situation.

Here's NDMA's advisory for how to stay safe during a cyclone.



Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi appealed to the people of the union territory to stay indoors and move to safer places to brace the impending cyclone today.


Six special trains of TVM division have been cancelled. These include Train No.02634 Kanyakumari-Chennai Egmore Daily Superfast Express Special; Train No 02633 Chennai EgmoreKanyakumari Daily Superfast Express Special; Train No06724 KollamChennai Egmore Daily (Ananthapuri) Express Special; Train No 06723 Chennai EgmoreKollam Daily (Ananthapuri) Express Special; Train No.06102 KollamChennai Egmore Express Special via Sengottai, Madurai Jn and Train No 06101 Chennai Egmore Kollam Express Special via Madurai Jn, Sengottai.

The railways has said full refund would be granted to passengers of the cancelled trains.

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