Storm To Hit Lakshadweep Islands On Dec 2

Cyclone Ockhi to turn severe in next 24 hours claims 5 lives

But the forecasters have warned of heavy rain in south Kerala for the next 24 hours and south Tamil Nadu for the next 12 hours. Wind speeds are expected to reach 75 kmph.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government has issued an emergency alert in Southern regions of Tuticorin, Kanyakumari, and Ramanathapuram.

The first cyclonic storm of the season has finally formed and has been named as Ockhi. "The depression was first located at a point which is 70 Kms from Kanyakumari".

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the cyclonic storm is steadily progressing towards South Kerala and adjoining districts of south Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep Islands.




As cyclone Ockhi continues to ravage Tamil Nadu and Kerala on the second day, eight people have lost their lives and more than 100 fishermen and 50 boats have gone missing. This comes as a bad news to the residents of Tamil Nadu, who are yet to recover from the heavy downpour that they have witnessed a few weeks back.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the Cyclone Ockhi is now heading for Lakshadweep with a speed of almost 130 km/hour and is unlikely to make landfall in India.

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. Over 80 fishermen from Kerala remain missing and are suspected to be stranded at sea. Power lines were also disrupted in many places.

Squally winds with speed reaching 55 to 65 kmph, and gusting to 75 kmph, are also very likely along and around Lakshadweep Islands. Madhavan Rajeevan, secretary in the ministry, said the archipelago in the southern part of the Arabian Sea will start experiencing heavy rainfall and strong winds from Friday.

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