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Heavy rains, winds hit southern Kerala

01 December 2017, 06:37 | Damon Campbell

Cyclone Ockhi on way to Kerala, TN

Cyclone Ockhi leaves 8 dead in Tamil Nadu Kerala schools closed in Chennai

Four people were killed in Tamil Nadu due to heavy rains, which lashed on southern parts of India after deep depressions were sighted along the Bay of Bengal turned into cyclone "Ockhi". However, adverse weather conditions were coming in the way of rescue operations. Owing to overflowing of Pampa river, vehicles of the pilgrims parked in the area have also been moved out.

The ships and aircraft would carry out search and rescue operations in the area and would continue to remain at sea for any assistance required by the civil administration till the cyclone crossed the coast.

Weathermen have named the storm Ockhi and forecast a lashing for southern and central Kerala as the low pressure system makes for Lakshadweep. A holiday has been declared for schools.

The rains which began early Thursday morning battered various parts of the state especially southern districts.

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Gale wind speeds reaching 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph are also very likely along south Kerala during next 48 hours and along south Tamil Nadu during the next 24 hours, it added. Power lines were also disrupted in many places. Houses situated in low-lying areas have been waterlogged and crops affected.

Besides Chennai, the authorities have closed schools Kanyakumari, Tuticorin, Kancheepuram, Villupuram, Madurai, Theni, Thanjavur and Thiruvarur for the day. Heavy rainfall is expected at isolated places in Kerala during next 24 hours as well. Fishermen in the coastal regions were warned to not venture out in the rough sea for the next two days.

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.



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