New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday he spoke to the chief ministers of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and assured all possible support from Centre in view of the severe cyclonic storm Nivar.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “Spoke to Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami and Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy regarding the situation in the wake of #CycloneNivar. Assured all possible support from the Centre. I pray for the safety and well-being of those living in the affected areas.”

Several coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, and Puducherry received rains through the night. The cyclone centered at 450 km south east of Chennai is likely to intensify into a severe cyclone in the next 24 hours.

The weather office says the storm is likely to cross between Karaikal and Mamallapuram by 5 pm tomorrow.

Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami held a review meeting and urged his cabinet members and officials to remain fully alert and take requisite measures. The chief minister announced suspension of inter and intra-district bus services in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Villupuram along with other districts from 1 PM this afternoon until further orders.

On the other hand, Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy said that the administration has drawn a multi- pronged to face the cyclonic storm.

The government is working to set up 80 relief centres, relief centres, control rooms in all the departments and rehabilitation of people in low-lying areas. All shops have been asked to close on Tuesday evening, Narayanasamy said adding fishermen have been advised to venture into the sea.