Cyclonic storm Nivar commenced landfall around 11.15 PM on Wednesday. It Crossed coast near Puducherry during 11:30 pm of November 25 to 2:30 am of November 26. Nivar hit 30km north of Puducherry and 115km south of Chennai. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) early on Thursday, The very severe cyclonic storm, Nivar, has weakened into a severe cyclonic storm while it was crossing the coast near Puducherry.
Heavy rain and winds of 120 to 130kmph, gusting to 145kmph, lashed the coastal areas of Puducherry, Mahabalipuram and Cuddalore. Chennai too saw spells of heavy rain and wind. Nearly 1.38 lakh people along with 30000 children were evacuated to 1694 relief centres and all the arrangements were done by the Tamilnadu officials. Ahead of cyclone landfall, the Chennai airport authorities have suspended flights for 12 hours from 7 PM on Wednesday to 7 AM on Thursday. Metro services have also been suspended due to this. Chief Minister E Palaniswami declared a public holiday tomorrow in 13 districts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has also alerted the district authorities. The Chittoor District administration has announced 2 days holidays for all the schools with the more rains expected in the next two days. Authorities of Chittoor, Nellore, Kadapa, Kurnool and Anantapur districts were alerted with the heavy rainfall post-Nivar Cyclone hitting the shore.