KERALA AND TAMIL NADU ARE FACING THE WRATH OF CYCLONE OCKHI FOR THE SECOND DAY IN A ROW.
Kerala and Tamil Nadu are facing the wrath of cyclone Ockhi for the second day in a row, as heavy rain lashes on the southern and central districts of the states.
In Kerala, Ockhi has claimed four lives so far, 270 fishermen and 62 boats continue to be missing.
In Tamil Nadu meanwhile, over 500 trees were uprooted as a result of the cyclone in Kanyakumari district, killing four residents. Over 825 people have been evacuated from low lying areas in the state. Disaster relief personnel are working round the clock to ensure safety of residents.
The cyclone is positioned at 60 km south of Kanyakumari and 120 km southwest of Thiruvananthapuram, as per reports. The India Meteorological Department (IMD), is predicting that it is likely to move towards the Lakshadweep Islands and intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours.
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WINDS UPTO TO 65 KMPH ARE VERY LIKELY ALONG KANYAKUMARI, TIRUNELVELI, THOOTHUKUDI, RAMANATHAPURAM AND PUDUKOTTAI COASTS, SAID THE STATE DISASTER MANAGEMENT AGENCY.
Southern Tamil Nadu will witness heavy rains for the next 24 hours, said the Regional Meteorological Department with a deep depression lying about 170km southeast of Kanyakumari, over the Comorin area. IMD forecast heavy rains in districts such as Kanyakumari, Thiruvarur, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Ramanathapuram, Virudhunagar, Madurai and Dindigul.
Following the Met Department’s prediction, collectors of Thiruvarur, Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Pudukottai districts declared a school holiday on Thursday.
The Met Department is, however, yet to classify the deep depression into a cyclone, stating that they are keeping a close watch on the system and would alert residents accordingly.
However, the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Agency tweeted, issued a warning stating, “The system is very likely to move west-northernwards and intensify further into a cyclonic storm during next 12 hours.”
TNSDMA went on to say, “Under its influence, squally weather with wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph very likely along and off Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Ramanathapuram and Pudukottai coasts.”
Noting that the sea condition will be rough to very rough, TNSDMA also advised fishermen in Kanyakumari, Thoothukudi, Ramanathapuram and Pudukottai not to venture into the sea.
The state disaster management agency also tweeted to say that around 50 trees had fallen in Kanyakumari after witnessing heavy gusts of winds since Wednesday night. The district has also received 34mm rainfall.
Meanwhile, the Met department has also predicted moderate to heavy rains in Chennai for the next 24 hours.
Weather blogger, Tamil Nadu Weatherman stated that Chennai would receive spells of rains through out Thursday.
“More and more spells of on and off rains are expected throughout the day and some spells will be heavy at times. But all will happen with breaks. Chennai Meenambakkam has got 60 mm till now, Madhvaram 40 mm, Chennai City 32 mm, Shoillnganallur 31 mm, Katupakkam 30 mm,” stated Tamil Nadu Weatherman.
Chennai to remain partly cloudy with moderate rain.
Chennai: Due to trough of low pressure near Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will receive heavy rains for the next 24 hours and another spell of rains is expected to lash across the north Tamil Nadu on Tuesday and Wednesday, Regional Meteorological Department said on Saturday. The weather office in its bulletin said the Southwest monsoon has been active over interior Karnataka and Telangana. Under the influence rainfall occurred at most places over Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Lakshadweep, Kerala, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Rayalaseema.
However there was no warning for the fishermen and the forecast for the sea was moderate to rough with winds ranging from 25 to 40 knots. For Chennai and its neighbourhood the weather office said that the sky condition will be partly cloudy with light rain likely to occur in some areas. Palayamkottai received the maximum highest temperature of 36 degree Celsius. Chennai witnessed a maximum and minimum temperature of 35 and 25 deg Celsius.
Nilakottai in Dindigul, Chittampatti in Madurai, Thamaraipakkam in Tiruvallur and Kadavur and Aravakurichi in Karur received chief amount of rainfall ranging from 7 cm to 4 cm. Catchments areas of Tiruvallur district that feeds Redhills and Cholavaram reservoir also received 3 cm of rains. According to weather office sources, the state has received 30 per cent excess rainfall between July to September and during the first week of October the southern districts of Tamil Nadu has been receiving good rains.
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