Cyclone Nivar likely to hit Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram after midnight. Heavy and incessant rain is pounding Chennai and its suburbs and several other districts in Tamil Nadu since this morning, due to the Severe Cyclone Nivar in the Bay of Bengal.

The landfall process continues and centre of Cyclone Nivar to cross the coast near Puducherry with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph,” said IMD.