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Cyclone MAHA off Lakshadweep intensifies
Kerala

Cyclone MAHA off Lakshadweep intensifies

S Murari

The regional cyclone warning in Chennai on Thursday warned that the Cyclonic storm MAHA over Lakshadweep and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea was likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours.

It lay centered at 8.30 pm IST over Lakshadweep and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea about 40 km north-northeast of Aminidivi. It was 325 km west-northwest of Kozhikode. It was likely to continue to move across Lakshadweep Islands and emerge into east-central Arabian Sea during in the next 24 hours.

Thereafter, it would move west-northwestwards and intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm, the bulletin said. Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places very likely over Lakshadweep Islands during the next 24 hours. Light to moderate rainfall were likely at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over Kerala, coastal Karnataka and south Tamil Nadu during the next 24 hours.

Gale wind speed was likely to increase gradually over east-central Arabian Sea becoming 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph by Nov 1 morning. It would increase further to 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph over east-central Arabian Sea by Nov 2 morning. It would peak to 150-160 kmph gusting to 180 kmph by Nov 4 morning.

Sea would be rough to very rough over Comorin-Maldives area and along and off Kerala- Karnataka coasts during the next 24 hours.

Sea conditions over Lakshadweep area and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea would be high to very high during the next 24 hours and rough to very rough for subsequent 24 hours.

The regional weather centre advised fishermen from Kanyakumari to the west coast to stay off Maldives and Lakshadweep in the Arabian sea during the next four days.

Director of the special cyclone warning centre, Chennai, S Balachandran told reporters that a depression was likely to form north of Andaman islands in the Bay of Bengal and it would intensify into a deep depression by Nov. 4. Tamil Nadu fishermen had therefore been advised to stay off the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

He said moderate and widespread had been reported all over Tamil Nadu especially in western districts nestling the western ghats like Coimbatore, Salem, Erode as well Nilgiris. Moderate rains were also reported from southern districts of Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Ramanathapuram. The heaviest rainfall of 13 cm was recorded in Coonoor in Nilgiris.