Vijayawada: The India Meteorological Department (IMD), on 22 November, said parts of south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema region will be on high alert as cyclone Nivar has been brewing over the Bay of Bengal from Sunday evening.

The IMD has alerted the farmers in the region and said the crops should be harvested immediately as the winds will reach more than 100 kmph when the cyclone lands.

The director of IMD (for Andhra Pradesh), S. Stella, said the cyclone may make landfall in north Tamil Nadu coast, bordering south coastal AP, and under its influence isolated places of Rayalaseema and south coastal AP districts may receive heavy to extremely heavy rains on 25 and 26 November. Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts will get light to moderate rainfall on the two days.

The name of the cyclone, Nivar, was suggested by Iran.

The IMD officials said that on Sunday, the storm appeared as a well-marked low pressure over the south-west and adjoining south-east Bay of Bengal. It will very likely intensify into a depression by Monday and further intensify into a cyclone on 24 November. It will slowly move northwest before crossing the land between Karaikal and Mahabalipuram of Tamil Nadu around 25 November noon or afternoon, the officials said.

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