After Cyclone Nivar, Tamil Nadu to receive heavy rainfall next week

After severe cyclonic storm Nivar early Thursday, Tamil Nadu is likely to receive another spell of heavy rainfall as a fresh low pressure area is expected to form in the Bay of Bengal from November 29 onwards, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. .

IMD Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra said the low pressure area likely to form on November 29 may bring extreme rainfall over Tamil Nadu. He, however, said it needs to be seen whether the low pressure area will intensify into a cyclone. A low pressure area is the first stage of formation of a cyclone. “We are closely monitoring it (the low pressure area),” Mr Mohapatra said. Cyclone Nivar, which hit the Tamil Nadu coast as a ”very severe cyclonic storm” in the early hours of Thursday, has brought heavy rains over the state, especially in its northern parts. Under its influence, many of the regions in Tamil Nadu received heavy rainfall. However, Cyclone Nivar has weakened into a deep depression and lays centred over South Rayalaseema about 50 km west-southwest of Tirupati and and 115 km west-northwest of Chennai.