New Delhi, November 30: The India Meteorological Department has issued a cyclone warning for south Kerala, adjoining districts of south Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep Islands. The latest observations and satellite imageries indicate that the deep depression over Comorin area moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 38 kmph during past 06 hours. The depression has intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘Ockhi’ and lay centred at over Comorin area and neighbourhood near northwest of Galle, Sri Lanka which is 60 km south of Kanyakumari, 120 km southwest of Thiruvananthapuram and 480 km east-southeast of Minicoy.

The depression is very likely to move west-northwestwards towards Lakshadweep Islands and intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours. The IMD has said that rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over south Tamil Nadu & south Kerala during next 24 hours and isolated heavy falls over interior Tamil Nadu and Kerala during subsequent 24 hours.

Rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls very likely over Lakshadweep area during next 48 hours. “Yesterday’s depression has now intensified into deep depression & by 8.30 am today it has formed cyclone because of which for coming 24 hrs both TN & Puducherry to receive moderate rainfall. Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Virudhunagar will receive heavy rainfall”, MET Director, Chennai was quoted by ANI.

As per a government press release, 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. Squally winds speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph very likely along & around Lakshadweep Islands during next 12 hours and increase thereafter with wind speeds becoming 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph from tonight, the 30th November 2017.

The Sea conditions would be high along and off South Kerala coast during next 48 hours and along & off south Tamilnadu coast during next 24 hours. The sea conditions would be very rough to high over and around Lakshadweep Islands during next 12 hours and high to very high during subsequent 48 hours.

Damage is expected over south Kerala (Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Kollam, Pathanathitta, Thiruvananthapuram districts), adjoining districts of south Tamil Nadu (Kanyakumari, Tutukudi and Tirunelveli districts) and Lakshadweep Islands. Meanwhile, damage to power and communication lines due to the breaking of tree branches and uprooting of tree, paddy crops, banana, Papaya trees and orchards is also expected.

The IMD has warned fishermen along & off Lakshadweep Islands not to venture into the sea during next 48 hours. Also, fishermen along & off South Tamil Nadu coast are advised not to venture into the sea during next 24 hrs and along and off South Kerala coasts during next 48 hours.