Tamil Nadu is bracing for another storm
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The Bay of Bengal will see its second Severe Cyclone of the year, after Super Cyclone Amphan formed in May.
- It is likely to hit Tamil Nadu coast by midweek. The next three days shall see extremely heavy rain, strong winds along with highly rough sea conditions.
Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on ‘red’ alert
- After cyclone Gaja in 2018, this will be the second cyclone to cross Tamil Nadu in the last two years.
- Once intensified, it would acquire its name ‘Nivar’.
- At this stage, the wind speed will range between 70 to 80 km/hr gusting to 90km/hr.
- The cyclone will further gain strength into a Severe Cyclone category (90 to 100 km/hr gusting to 110 km/hr).
- The maximum hazard due to this cyclone will be caused to Tamil Nadu.
- In association with development of the severe cyclonic storm, sea conditions in the west-southwest regions of the Bay of Bengal have turned rough to extremely rough and remain at its most unfavourable condition.
- With extremely heavy rain — of the order of 20cm or more, the IMD has placed Tamil Nadu under ‘red’ (take action) alert. Northern districts, here, could experience rainfall more than 24 cm on the day.
- Heavy rain (64 to 115mm) is also forecast over Rayalaseema, Telangana, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal and south interior Karnataka during November 24-26.
- At the time of the cyclone crossing over to the land, storm surge with tidal waves up to one metre in height above the astronomical tide.
- This could lead to inundation of low-lying areas. Most of the storm surge would be experienced along the coastal areas between Puducherry and Chennai.