Storm To Hit Lakshadweep Islands On Dec 2

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Ockhi is likely to gather strength in the next 24 hours to become a severe cyclonic storm as it moves towards the Lakshadweep Islands, according to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). P8I aircraft, Navy Dornier and Coast Guard Dornier also airborne for search and rescue. (Express photo) Cyclone Ockhi alert at Kerala coast: Navy deploys ship to find missing fishermen. Two ships each belonging to the Indian Coast Guard have been deployed from Kochi and Tuticorin.

Weathermen have named the storm Ockhi and forecast a lashing for southern and central Kerala as the low pressure system makes for Lakshadweep.

Cyclone Ockhi
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The rail services have been severely hit and several trains have been cancelled. Shutters of Neyyar Dam were opened following heavy rain in catchment areas.In Idukki district, a portion of St Sebastian's school fell down, but no injuries have been reported so far.

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.

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Schools in seven districts of Tamil Nadu, including Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari and Virudhunagar remained closed. Power supply was badly affected in many parts of the affected districts with KSEB trying to restore the supply till late night. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea along and off south Kerala coast.

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. "Due to this heavy rains are expected in southern districts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala", the IMD said in a statement.

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