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Deep depression intensifies into Cyclone ‘Nivar’, PM speaks to CM

Chennai: The deep depression over southwest Bay of Bengal moved west-north-westwards with a speed of five kmph during the past six hours, intensified into a Cyclonic Storm “NIVAR” and would cross between Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts as a severe cyclonic storm tomorrow.

A bulletin issued by the Met Office on Tuesday said the storm now lay centered over southwest Bay of Bengal about 410 km east -southeast of Puducherry and 450 km southeast of Chennai.

It is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours, move west-northwestwards for the next 12 hours, and then northwestwards.

It is very likely to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram, about 55 km from here, around Puducherry tomorrow evening as a severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and discussed the government’s precautionary measures because of the Cyclone.

He also assured all necessary help and cooperation to the state government, an official release said.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government has geared up to meet the situation. Senior IAS and IPS officials were appointed in various districts to monitor the situation.

Bus services were suspended from today afternoon in seven districts, where the rains, accompanied by strong winds, were expected to be very extreme, till further orders.

Southern Railway also canceled a couple of trains and partially canceled several other trains as precautionary measures.

Meanwhile, incessant rains lashed Chennai, suburbs, and the State’s delta districts because of the weather system.

Met office said the intensity of the rainfall would increase gradually when the Cyclone moves towards the coast and makes landfall.

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