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Cyclonic storm to hit Lakshadweep and southern Kerala, TN coast

01 December 2017

The name Ockhi, given by Bangladesh, is expected to move further north-westward towards Lakshwadeep, he said.

According to an ANI report, a P8I aircraft, Navy Dornier and Coast Guard Dornier are also airborne for search and rescue along with helicopter with divers. (Express photo) Cyclone Ockhi alert at Kerala coast: Navy deploys ship to find missing fishermen.

In a series of tweets, Sitharaman further informed that six warships and two coast guard ships have been deployed along with additional air effort.

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The Met has forecast heavy rains for Thursday and Friday in southern Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep and also parts of Nicobar Islands.

The rail services have been severely hit and several trains have been cancelled. A holiday has been declared for schools.

In several places, electric posts got uprooted, disrupting power supply.

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The report said gale wind with speeds reaching 65-75 kmph and gusting to 85 kmph are likely along and off south Kerala over the next 48 hours and off south Tamil Nadu.

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. Heavy rainfall is expected at isolated places in Kerala during next 24 hours as well.

Heavy winds with speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph likely along and off Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Ramanathapuram and Pudukottai coasts. 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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Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea along and off south Tamil Nadu, south Kerala coasts and Lakshadweep islands.

Cyclonic storm to hit Lakshadweep and southern Kerala, TN coast