Cyclone Ockhi scrapes Kerala

01 December, 2017, 06:35 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • A fisherman who was adrift in the Arabian Sea is escorted down from an Indian Navy helicopter in Thiruvananthapuram after being rescued

Ockhi is likely to gather strength in the next 24 hours to become a severe cyclonic storm as it moves towards the Lakshadweep Islands, according to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). The ships and aircraft would carry out search and rescue operations in the area and would continue to remain at sea for any assistance required by the civil administration till the cyclone crossed the coast. Kochi and Tuticorin have also deployed two Indian Coast Guard (ICG) ships. It is also gearing up for Humanitarian Assistance that may be required due to the storm.

The Met has forecast heavy rains for Thursday and Friday in southern Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep and also parts of Nicobar Islands.

Schools and colleges in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Villupuram, Kanyakumari, Nellai, Theni, Dindigul, Madurai and Thoothukudihave been shut down and the authorities asked people to stay indoors in the wake of torrential rains and gusty winds. A holiday has been declared for schools. Power supply was badly affected in many parts of the affected districts with KSEB trying to restore the supply till late night.

Southern Kerala on Thursday afternoon was lashed by heavy rain and strong winds, causing trees to be uprooted at several places in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts that blocked traffic.

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The IMD had earlier issued a "heavy to very heavy rainfall" warning in both the states.

Gale wind speed reaching 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph very likely along & off South Kerala during next 48 hours and along & off south Tamilnadu during next 24 hours.

Heavy winds with speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph likely along and off Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Ramanathapuram and Pudukottai coasts. Fishermen in the coastal regions were warned to not venture out in the rough sea for the next two days.

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