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Cyclone Ockhi Highlights: Heavy rains lash TN, Kerala as storm heads to Lakshadweep

The storm named ‘OCKHI’ was gathering strength to become a severe cyclonic storm. Here are the highlights.

india Updated: Nov 30, 2017 20:59 IST
Malavika Vyawahare and Ramesh Babu
Malavika Vyawahare and Ramesh Babu
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Weather‬,‪Tamil Nadu‬,‪Sri Lanka‬
Positions of the cyclones at 1 pm.(IMD)

Indian Meteorological Department on Thursday issued a cyclone warning for south Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep islands. A tropical depression over the Comorin area had intensified into a cyclonic storm.

The storm named ‘OCKHI’ is likely to gather strength in the next 24 hours to become a severe cyclonic storm as it moved towards the Lakshadweep Islands.

Authorities asked people to remain indoors and educational institutions to close down in three districts of south Kerala as the Indian Railways cancelled at least 12 trains.

Below are the highlights:

6:22 pm: Heavy rain kills seven in Sri Lanka, nearly 20,000 people affected.

6:11 pm: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan calls emergency cabinet meeting.

5:49 pm: Mahesh Palawat, vice-president (meteorology and climate change) of Skymet, says there was a possibility of flooding in the islands due to heavy rainfall.

Squally wind speed reaching 55-65 kmph and gusting to 75 kmph was very likely along and around Lakshadweep Islands during the next 12 hours and may increase thereafter with wind speed becoming 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph from Thursday night.

5:41 pm: The Lakshadeep archipelago will start experiencing heavy rainfall and strong winds from Friday: Madhavan Rajeevan, secretary in the ministry.

He says cyclone Ockhi will hit the islands on December 2.

5:25 pm:

5:04 pm: This is the third cyclone of this season: M Mohapatra, senior official at IMD.

The path of cyclone Ockhi. ( IMD )

“We have almost 100% accuracy when it comes to predicting the path of cyclones,” K. Ramachandra Rao, Director at the Cyclone Warning Centre in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, said.

5 pm: IMD says ‘OCKHI has moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 20 kmph during past 6 hours.

4:50 pm: Two units each of SDRF and NDRF have been deployed.

4:40 pm:

4:31 pm: Skymet reports that the first week of December will kick start with extremely heavy rains for southern peninsular.

4:03 pm: Heavy rain and thundershowers in Bengaluru as cyclone Ockhi has been strengthening moist easterly winds over the city, Skymet reports.

3.31pm: Heavy rains continue in Idukki and Pathanamthitta districts. Mobile towers have been destroyed, affecting communication network.

3.30pm: Four people were reportedly killed in Kanyakumari district. Army and disaster management personnel are on standby.

3.05pm: The Kerala government has asked Kerala Disaster Management Agency and civic authorities to maintain a high alert.

An uprooted hoarding in Kerala. ( ANI )

2.55pm: Another cyclone forming in south east Bay of Bengal, it is moving in the west, north west direction and is likely to intensify into a cyclone by December 4-7 bringing rainfall to north and coastal Tamil Nadu and south coastal Andhra Pradesh, says Mahesh Palawat, at the private forecasting agency, Skymet Weather.

A submerged road in Tamil Nadu after heavy rains on Thursday. ( ANI )

2.40pm: A couple of trains, originating and passing through this district, got cancelled partially or fully and some of them were rescheduled, Southern Railway officials says..

2.38pm: Another cyclone is in the offing that will likely hit Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh next week.

2.35pm: The storm will bring heavy rainfall in isolated parts of South Tamil Nadu and South Kerala and even some parts in the interiors of the two states.

2.30pm: Fishermen in Vizhinjam near Thiruvananthapuram say they have no information about eight people who ventured into the sea on Wednesday night. Landslides have been reported from hilly areas of the state.

2.25pm: An auto-rickshaw driver was killed in Kottakarara after a huge tree fell on his vehicle following the rains.

(with inputs from agencies)

First Published: Nov 30, 2017 14:58 IST