Chennai: Chennai received very heavy rainfall on Wednesday morning, the impact of Nivar Cyclone the people of the city worke up to feel after the dawn.
Apart from the capital city, the nearby districts are also witnessing heavy downpour in the state.
Powerful Cyclone Nivar is barrelling towards the southeastern coast prompting authorities to declare a holiday, ban public gatherings, close shops and mobilise thousands of rescue personnel, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has said.
Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS) in Kalpakkam, 70 km from Chennai, is bracing up to face the cyclone and has activated the cyclone protection machinery. All the plant systems are operating normal and expected to successfully withstand the impact of cyclone when it crosses the coast, Madras Atomic Power Station, said in a statement.
Tamil Nadu government has shifted 24,166 people, including 3,948 children, from low-lying areas and unsafe buildings to 987 relief centres in the state so far.
Coast guard and Indian Navy forces are deployed to face exigency.
The cyclone may affect Bengaluru and nearby districts mainly Chamarajanagar and coastal region which may receive rainfall.