Visakhapatnam: Cyclone Nivar crossed the coast near Puducherry on Wednesday triggering heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in Tamil Nadu and parts of Andhra Pradesh.

Since the system is still moving north-westwards direction from the landfall point, the areas are still receiving heavy to extremely heavy downpour.

Many parts of south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema are experiencing the rainfall accompanied by gusty winds blowing at the speed of around 50kmph, official sources said.

Venkatagiri in Nellore district received the state's highest rainfall of 24 cms, followed by Gudur,19, Rapu, 16, Atmakur, 15, Sullurpeta,15, Kavali, 14, and Nellore City, 14 cms. Sambepalle of Kadapa district and Satyavedu of Chittoor district received 14 cms of rainfall each.

As many as 81 heavy, 40 very heavy, and 5 extremely heavy rainfalls were reported in the state till 7 am on Thursday, according to AP State Development Planning Society.

The IMD officials said that the storm 'NIVAR' over southwest the Bay of Bengal crossed the coast in northwestwards directions with a speed of 09kmph near Puducherry (near lat. 12.1°N and long. 79.9°E) as a very severe cyclonic storm with an estimated wind speed of 120-130kmph gusting to 145kmph.

Later at around 2.30 am on Thursday, the system weakened into a 'severe cyclonic storm' with a wind speed of 100- 110kmph gusting to 120kmph. The Nivar would continue to move northwestwards and weaken further into a cyclonic storm by Thursday noon.

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