Hyderabad: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), on 25 November, issued a red alert for the districts of Jogulamba Gadwal, Wanaparthy, Nagarkurnool, Mahabubnagar, and Narayanpet in Telangana. Extremely heavy rains likely to occur in these districts in the next 48 hours due to the cyclone Nivar, it said.

The IMD has warned of heavy to very heavy rain in the districts of Nalgonda, Khammam, and Suryapet while it predicted heavy rains in the districts of Vikarabad, Rangareddy, Hyderabad, Medchal Malkajgiri, Yadadri Bhuvanagiri, and Jangaon.

The IMD has issued a red alert for Rayalaseema and said a few places in the district will see heavy to very heavy rainfall, while isolated places will witness extremely heavy rainfall. It also said that thunderstorms accompanied by lightning are very likely to occur at isolated places over Telangana.

The weather forecast agency also said that the severe cyclonic storm Nivar over the southwest Bay of Bengal has moved west-northwest with a speed of 16 kmph during the past six hours and has intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm. As of 2.30 p.m on 25 November, cyclone Nivar lay centered over southwest Bay of Bengal near latitude 11.2°N and longitude 81.0°E, about 90 km east-southeast of Cuddalore, about 150 km east-southeast of Puducherry and 220 km south-southeast of Chennai. It is very likely to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during the next six hours.

"It is very likely to move west-northwestwards and cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram around Puducherry during midnight of 25 and the early hours of 26 November 2020 as a very severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph," said the IMD weather interference.

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