Weather Alert – Tropical Cyclone Development November 23, 2020

Weather Alert—U.S. Consulate General Chennai
Tropical Cyclone Development
November 23, 2020

Location:   Puducherry, Tamil Nadu

Event:   A tropical depression in the Bay of Bengal is expected to strengthen into a tropical cyclone (Tropical Cyclone Nivar), making landfall in Tamil Nadu by November 25, 2020. According to local weather sources, such as the Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre for Tropical Cyclones Over North Indian Ocean, heavy rains may begin as early as November 24, 2020.  The cyclone is expected to move north and west, along the coast.  There is an increased risk of heavy rainfall, flooding and high winds for both coastal and inland locations.  Internet service, landline phone and cell phone capabilities may be affected.

U.S. Consulate General Chennai staff members have been asked to defer non-essential travel and to make preparations should sheltering-in-place or relocation become necessary.

Consulate Operations:  The U.S. Consulate General Chennai will be closed to the public for visa, U.S. citizen and foreign commercial services on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, due to the effects of likely heavy wind and rain, and is closed on Thursday, November 26, 2020, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  The Consulate is currently scheduled to re-open to the public on Friday, November 27, 2020.

Actions to Take:

Monitor local media for weather updates.
Seek secure shelter.
Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
Notify friends and family of your safety.


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