Chennai/Puducherry: Severe cyclonic storm Nivar is expected to bring heavy rainfall to Chennai when it makes landfall between Mamallapuram and Karaikal on Wednesday evening. The IMD said a storm surge of about 2m above the sea level is likely around the time of landfall, causing inundation of low-lying areas.

Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswamy declared a public holiday on Wednesday as the cyclone is set to intensify.

According to the India Meteorological Department, Cyclone Nivar will cross Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram as a very severe cyclonic storm during the late evening of November 25.

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Meanwhile, authorities in Puducherry clamped prohibitory orders and said only milk shops, petrol stations and pharmacies will be allowed to operate as Cyclone Nivar is expected to cross the coasts of Tamil Nadu and the Union territory and make landfall on Wednesday evening as a severe cyclonic storm. Puducherry’s district magistrate Purva Garg ordered the imposition of Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code from 9 pm on Tuesday till 6 am on Thursday in the entire Puducherry region in wake of Cyclone Nivar.

Garg said in the order that “with a view to prevent danger to human lite and safety do hereby prohibit the presence or movement of one or more persons in public places in the entire Puducherry region and closure of all shops and establishments from 24-11-2020 9.00 PM to 26-11-2020 6.00 AM, subject to further revision”. “This order shall not apply to agencies/officials of the Government involved in the enforcement of law and order and Cyclone duty. Maintenance of essential services like Milk Booth, Fuel Bunk, Pharmacies and Health services are allowed to continue,” her order said.