Cyclone Nivar Updates | Tamil Nadu gears up to face impact

With Cyclone Nivar is expected to make landfall by Wednesday evening, the IMD has issued heavy and very heavy rainfall alert to many districts in Tamil Nadu.

Published: 24th November 2020 07:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th November 2020 07:38 AM   |  A+A-

Cyclone Nivar is expected to make landfall by Wednesday evening.

Cyclone Nivar is expected to make landfall by Wednesday evening.

By Online Desk

Cyclone Nivar could hit hard and make landfall near Puducherry which, along with Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, is on high alert. 

There has already been one death attributed to the cyclone. A 25-year-old, who was chopping a drumstick tree in Pudukottai as a precaution ahead of the arrival of the cyclone, lost his life when the branches fell on a power line.

The NDRF has earmarked 30 teams to launch rescue and relief operations. 

Fearing the winds to be worse than Vardah in 2016, the IMD had already a sounded red alert in Ariyalur, Mayiladuthurai, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Tiruvannamalai, Kallakurichi and Perambalur. While an orange alert is issued in north coastal districts like Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Chengalpet and interior districts like Vellore, Dharmapuri, Tirupattur and Krishnagiri.

Many trains and flights have been cancelled. 

Kalpakkam's Madras Atomic Power Station has activated its Cyclone protection Machinery too.


11:11 Nov 24

TN government issues helplines numbers you may contact in case of emergencies

06:13 Nov 25

Sea condition is high over Southwest Bay of Bengal

Sea condition is high over Southwest Bay of Bengal and rough to very rough along & off Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, south Andhra Pradesh coasts. Total suspension of fishing operations advised.

12:10 Nov 25

Nivar to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next six hours

11:58 Nov 24

Madras High Court declares holiday tomorrow

11:49 Nov 24

Ship grounded by Gaja to face Nivar wrath

Officials are concerned that a ship grounded near Karaikal by Cyclone Gaja in 2018 will be damaged by Cyclone Nivar. (READ MORE)

11:28 Nov 24

Holiday declared in Puducherry on November 25

11:13 Nov 24

Tiruchy gears up to take on Cyclone Nivar

With Cyclone Nivar is expected to make landfall by Wednesday evening, the IMD has issued a heavy and very heavy rainfall alert for Tiruchy district. (READ MORE)

11:00 Nov 24

Updates on flights to Chennai

10:52 Nov 24

Cyclone Nivar: Concerns over spread of COVID-19 in Karaikal relief camps

While the Karaikal administration has taken all precautionary measures to tackle the fury of Cyclone Nivar, there is concern about maintaining social distancing inside relief shelters. (READ MORE)

10:45 Nov 24

Government buses will be operated in 31 districts in Tamil Nadu

10:40 Nov 24

Nagapattinam, Karaikal fishers advised to stay at emergency halting points

Around 250 fishers in 29 fishing boats from Nagapattinam and Karaikal have been advised to wait at the emergency halting points at harbours away from their home till the weather clears. (READ MORE)

10:32 Nov 24

IndiGo has cancelled 5 flights scheduled for Wednesday

10:10 Nov 24

Tomorrow morning Nungambakkam from 100 mm might cross 200 mm: Tamil Nadu Weatherman

Nungambakkam till morning 8.30 am is 78 mm and now 100 mm after 8.30 am. Tomorrow morning Nungambakkam from 100 mm might cross 200 mm: Tamil Nadu Weatherman Pradeep John

09:55 Nov 24

Chennai Weather Updates

09:22 Nov 24

WATCH | Manholes on footpaths overflowing in Chennai's Poonamallee

08:50 Nov 24

Nivar turning into monster cyclone, landfall near Puducherry

The slow moving cyclonic storm Nivar in the warm waters of the Bay of Bengal is turning into a monster. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday announced that Nivar will intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm while making landfall late on November 25 evening with wind speeds of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph. (READ MORE)

08:38 Nov 24

Tamil Nadu government pulling out all stops to ensure no repeat of 2015 floods in Chennai

The Tamil Nadu government is pulling out all stops to ensure no repeat of the 2015 floods in the city, as they mounted a vigil on four reservoirs,anticipating a rapid rise in water levels in view of heavy rains forecast due to cyclone Nivar,likely to cross the state coast on Wednesday.

08:24 Nov 24

Rahul Gandhi urges people to stay indoors, follow safety measures

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday urged people to follow safety measures as cyclone Nivar was expected to intensify and hit the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts on November 25. He also urged people to stay indoors and asked Congress workers to provide assistance wherever needed.

08:22 Nov 24

25-year-old man chopping a drumstick tree ahead of Cyclone Nivar electrocuted

06:36 Nov 24

Flights on Chennai-Trichy route cancelled

06:35 Nov 24

Six special trains of Thiruvananthapuram division cancelled in view of TN cyclone

Six special trains of the Thiruvananthapuram division of the Southern Railways, have been cancelled on November 25 in view of the IMD forecast of cyclonic storm Nivar making landfall over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts. Trains which have been cancelled are: Train No. 02634 KanyakumariChennai 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 andTrain No 06101 Chennai Egmore Kollam Express Special via Madurai Jn, Sengottai.

05:41 Nov 24

Chennai suburban train services suspended till further orders

Chennai suburban train services will remain suspended from 10 am of Wednesday till further orders: Southern Railway

05:24 Nov 24

Andhra govt on high alert as coastal districts prepare to face Nivar wrath

05:14 Nov 24

WATCH | Cyclone Nivar worse than Vardah?

05:12 Nov 24

CA exams postponed in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, fresh dates announced

The exams that were slotted on Tuesday and Wednesday will be held on December 9, while the final examination will be conducted on December 11. The institute notified that the CA exams have been postponed for examination centres in Chennai, Cuddalore, Kancheepuram, Karaikudi, Kumbakonam, Nagapattinam, Pudukkottai, Tiruvallur, Villupuram and Puducherry.


05:07 Nov 24

Over 1000 TN state buses cancelled in three districts

05:02 Nov 24

District Chief Education Officers instruct schools to be prepared as relief centres

Responding to the cyclone, the District Chief Education Officers have instructed schools to be prepared as shelters for disaster relief. Principals have been asked to hand over the school keys to locals, members of School Management Committee (SMC), corporation staff or local body authorities as soon as a need emerges. Further the keys can be kept with a teacher in the locality or a localite. Further, principals have been instructed to arrange for basic amenities including drinking water, clean toilets and engage NSS students in disaster relief.

04:56 Nov 24

Wading through

04:47 Nov 24

Tamil Nadu Electricity Board releases helpline numbers

Following heavy showers on Tuesday, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board released helpline numbers. The telephone and mobile numbers have been made available to the public 24 hours a day. 

The numbers are as follows:

Chennai South- 9445850434, 9499050188, 044-24713988, 044-23713631

Chennai North- 9445850929, 044-28521833

Chennai Central- 9445449217, 044-28224423

Chennai West- 9445850500, 044-26151153

Kancheepuram- 9445858740, 044-28224423

Chengelpet- 9444099437, 044-27522119

04:41 Nov 24

Indian Navy readies for Cyclone Nivar

Five flood relief teams and one diving team of the Indian Navy are ready for deployment in Chennai to combat the effects of Cyclone Nivar in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, according to a release. One flood relief team each is on standby at the Naval Detachment in Nagapattinam and Rameswaram and Air Station INS Parundu.

04:38 Nov 24

EPS orders release of water from overflowing Chembarambakkam lake

Chief Minister, Edappadi K Palaniswami issued orders to release water from Chembarambakkam lake, in case the level rises above 22 feet. Currently, it is 21.2 feet.

04:06 Nov 24

Public Holiday in Tamil Nadu tomorrow

03:59 Nov 24

Trains cancelled and diverted

Southern Railway has made changes in the operation of many trains in view of cyclone Nivar. The most recent update is that Nivar is likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm at the time of landfall with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph.

03:45 Nov 24

210 SDRF personnel deployed for rescue ops in Vellore region, Tiruvannamalai

Apart from the SDRF men, who are well trained in rescue operations, the local police have also been pressed into service to deal with the situation. “The SDRF teams are being positioned in Vellore, Tirupathur, Ranipet and Tiruvannamalai districts for carrying out rescue operations in view of the cyclone. As many as 210 personnel are being deployed,” Police DIG, Vellore Range, N Kamini told The New Indian Express.


03:32 Nov 24

Cyclone Nivar 430 km south-southeast of Chennai

The cyclonic storm Nivar hovering over southwest Bay of Bengal has moved westwards with a speed of 5 kmph in the past six hours, about 380 km east- southeast of Puducherry and 430 km south-southeast of Chennai. It is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm during the subsequent 12 hours.

The cyclonic storm is very likely to move west-northwestwards in the next 12 hours and then northwestwards. On the evening of November 25, it is very likely to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram around Puducherry as a very severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph.

02:34 Nov 24

Stay home, stay safe

02:08 Nov 24

Karaikal fishermen stranded at sea, Puducherry to come under Section 144

The Puducherry administration has set up a total of 196 relief camps in Puducherry region and 50 in Karaikal region to provide shelter to people residing in vulnerable and low-lying areas.


02:05 Nov 24

Rainfall for next three days as storm expected to cross Karaikal and Mamallapuram around Puducherry

The severe cyclonic storm is expected to cross between Karaikal and Mamallapuram around Puducherry by tomorrow evening. Under the influence of this cyclone, rainfall is expected to continue up to 27th November in Tamil Nadu: S Balachandran, IMD Chennai.  

01:34 Nov 24

PM assures Pondy government of all help

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured of necessary assistance and support to the union territory from the Centre to deal with cyclone 'Nivar' that is likely to make a landfall on November 25. In a voice message, he said he had apprised the Prime Minister of all precautionary steps taken by the territorial government to face the cyclone during a telephonic conversation.

01:20 Nov 24

Chennaiites shouldn't worry about flooding

Commissioner of Revenue Administration, K Phanindra Reddy told reporters that when there are heavy rains, the inflow into Chembarambakkam lake would be around 6,500 cusecs only and this can be easily diverted to Adyar river. Since Adyar river has a capacity to carry 60,000 cusecs of water, the people need not fear about flooding. Besides, people would be intimated in advance about the release of water from Chembarambakkam lake, if the government decides to do so.

01:12 Nov 24

Speed reduces

Cyclonic storm Nivar is currently centred 450 km southeast of Chennai. It has reduced the speed from 25 kmph yesterday to 5 kmph but is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours.

12:40 Nov 24

Level 7 warning for Cuddalore port

Meanwhile, Level 6 warning was issued for Chennai, Katpulli and Kamarajar ports. 

12:36 Nov 24

Winds may reach 100 kmph in Chennai

12:34 Nov 24

IMD predicts extremely heavy rainfall in Puducherry

12:26 Nov 24

Coastal TN to get more rain

11:56 Nov 24

WATCH | Rough tides at Marina Beach

11:50 Nov 24

Kamrajar Port to send out vessels

Kamrajar Port will be sending all the vessels out by evening. Port chairman Sunil Paliwal told TNIE that there are three vessels are at the port at present and two of them will sail out while one will be moved to outer anchorage if it fails to offload the cargo. Similarly, four vessels are anchored outside. The harbour crafts are filled with fuel and the cranes in the port are at resting position. Kamarajar port will not allowing any vessels as of now till the landing of the cyclone, he said.

11:45 Nov 24

Tiruchy sanitation workers reach Cuddalore

11:42 Nov 24

Tambaram received highest rainfall in TN

  • In last 24 hours (ending 8:30 am, Tuesday), Tambaram received the highest rainfall of 9 cm in Tamil Nadu.
  • Most of the rainfall occurred in and around Chennai.
  • Nungambakkam and MGR Nagar stations in the city received 8 cm of rainfall.
11:17 Nov 24

PM's tweet

11:15 Nov 24

Chembarambakkam lake 79% full

"Though it has been raining very heavily in Chennai, the catchment areas of Chembarambakkam did not receive much rainfall. Its level now stands at 21.2 feet and we will release some water only after it reaches 22 feet," said an official from the Public Works Department. 

11:09 Nov 24

PM contacts EPS

11:08 Nov 24

Forecast track

10:40 Nov 24

Cops in charge

DGP JK Tripathy has deputed the following Police officers to monitor and supervise the rescue and relief works in the following districts in addition to their normal work. 

Kancheepuram & Chengalpattu: TS Anbu, IG, Idol Wing CID, Chennai 

Thiruvallur: V Vanitha, IG, Railways, Chennai 

Villupuram: Sathiya Priya, DIG, Training, Chennai 

Cuddalore: P Nagarajan, IG, North Zone

Trichy, Perambalur & Ariyalur: MC Sarangan, IG, Training 

Pudukottai: R Lalitha Lakshmi, DIG, Social Justice and Human Rights, Chennai 

Thanjavur: PK Senthilkumari, DIG, Hqrs, Chennai 

Thiruvarur: R Tamil Chandran, IG, Armed Police, Trichy 

Nagapattinam: HM Jayaram, IG, Central Zo

10:30 Nov 24

WATCH | Chennai streets flooded

10:24 Nov 24

Deep depression intensifies into cyclonic storm over southwest Bay of Bengal

10:17 Nov 24

Control room numbers - Cuddalore district

Toll-free: 1077

Collectorate: 04142-220700/233933/221383/221113

RDO: 04142-231284

Sub-collector office, Chidambaram: 04144-222256/290037

10:14 Nov 24

District control room contact numbers - Vellore region

Common number: 1077

Vellore: 0416 2258016

Tiruvannamalai: 04175 232377

Ranipet: 04172 273166, 273189, 94896 68833

Tirupathur: 04179 222111, 94429 92526

10:01 Nov 24

Power supply cut

Power supply in some locations in Chennai like Nerkundram and Chrompet were cut as a precautionary measure. 

09:47 Nov 24

Chennai port hoists Level 3 signal

Ships were ordered to leave to safer places as a precautionary measure while small vessels have been moved to safety inside the port.

09:38 Nov 24

Chennai helpline numbers

044 2538 4530
044 2538 4540 
1913 (24*7)

09:13 Nov 24

TNSDMA releases Chennai rainfall report

09:08 Nov 24

Rainfall in parts of Chennai

Even though the cyclone is still very far from Tamil Nadu coast, Chennai witnessed heavy rainfall on wee hours of Wednesday. Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam weather stations have recorded 7cm of rainfall and West tambaram received 4 cm ( till 5.30 am).

09:05 Nov 24

Orange alert in Chennai

Wind speeds in Chennai could be much higher than what was witnessed during Cyclone Vardah in 2016. The wind speed would increase from 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph on Tuesday to 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph off coastal districts of north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Wednesday.

08:44 Nov 24

Cyclone still very far away

08:20 Nov 24

High alert sounded in Nagapattinam

The officials are also concerned that Cyclone Nivar could slightly deviate in its path like Cyclone Gaja which could put southern half of Nagapattinam district in risk.

08:07 Nov 24

Andhra farmers told to wind up ops fast

07:40 Nov 24

1,000 TNEB workers should be deputed to affected areas: CM

Palaniswami also instructed that a sufficient quantum of vaccines, medicines, and green manure be kept ready in advance, along with mobile communication equipment. On behalf of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, as many as 1,000 workers should be deputed to areas prone to be affected, with additional electric poles, and transformers, he said, adding that sufficient stock of petrol and diesel should also be kept at bunks.

07:30 Nov 24

All arrangements in place: TN Minister

Revenue Minister RB Udhayakumar today said all arrangements are in place to face cyclone Nivar while special attention would be paid to those who would be given shelter in relief camps for preventing the spread of coronavirus.

07:28 Nov 24

National Crisis Management Committee takes stock

The National Crisis Management Committee, headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, met at New Delhi and reviewed various measures in view of the cyclone. It also directed various stakeholders, including state governments concerned, to continue to work with an aim of zero loss of life and early restoration of normalcy in affected areas.

07:26 Nov 24

Chennai to receive rain

Chennai and neighbouring districts are likely to get 11 cm to 20 cm of rainfall spells. The wind speed would increase from 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph on Tuesday to 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph off coastal districts of north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Wednesday.

07:25 Nov 24

Delta districts brace up

If it takes the predicted path, Nivar will hit Delta districts hard. The IMD has sounded red alert in Ariyalur, Myaduturai, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Tiruvanamalai, Kallakurichi and Perambalur. While orange alert is issued in north coastal districts like Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Chengalpet and interior districts like Vellore, Dharmapuri, Tirupattur and Krishnagiri.

07:22 Nov 24

NDRF deputes 30 teams

  • The NDRF has earmarked 30 teams to launch rescue and relief operations in view of the cyclone 'Nivar' that is expected to hit the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry between Tuesday and Thursday, officials said on Monday.
  • A senior National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) officer said while 12 teams have been pre-deployed, 18 are on standby in these states and the Union Territory of Puducherry.
  • These teams will further be deployed in coordination with local authorities for relief and rescue works, including assistance in evacuation of locals from affected areas.
  • A NDRF team has about 35 to 45 personnel, depending on the task at hand, and they are equipped with tree and pole cutters, basic medicines and other tools to help affected people.
07:21 Nov 24

Andhra Pradesh on full alert

  • Cyclone Nivar may cause heavy to extremely heavy rains at isolated places in Rayalaseema and south coastal AP districts on November 25 and 26.
  • Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts are expected to receive light to moderate rains on these days.
  • State Disaster Management Commissioner K Kanna Babu said the sea would be turbulent and fishermen should not venture in for three days.
  • Winds with speed ranging from 45 to 65 kmph were expected along the Bay of Bengal coast
07:20 Nov 24

Puducherry action plan ready: CM

  • CM V Narayanasamy said the government was working on setting up 80 relief centres in Puducherry and separate centres in Karaikal, control rooms in all the departments and rehabilitation of people in low-lying areas.
  • He said fishermen have been asked not to set out to sea.
  • The Chief Minister said all shops and other establishments have been asked to close business on the evening of Tuesday and remove the high-rise advertisement boards.
  • He said he and his ministerial colleagues would be on field visits to take up relief work.
  • Officials of Revenue, PWD, Police, Fisheries, Health and other departments took part in the meeting.


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