Maha cyclone likely to intensify into severe cyclonic storm, says IMD

IMD issued an orange alert for next 48 hours, in the wake of the forecast of extremely heavy rainfall. Photo: PTI

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday (October 31) said Cyclonic storm Maha in the Arabian Sea was likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm. Under its influence, Lakshadweep was likely to receive extremely heavy rainfall and the regional weather office issued a ‘red message’ for the island.

“Maha cyclone lay centred in the Arabian Sea over Lakshadweep, about 40km North-North-East of Amini Divi,” S Balachandran, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, said.

“Maha is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm on late Thursday afternoon, he told reporters here. It will further move towards North-North-West across Lakshadweep and emerge into the east-central Arabian Sea. After that, it is ‘very likely’ to intensify into a
very severe cyclonic storm,” the IMD said.

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Meanwhile, IMD issued a ‘red message’ for Lakshadweep, in the wake of the forecast of extremely heavy rainfall. The ‘red message’ technically refers to ‘take action,’ meaning the state government machinery has to remain on standby.

Balachandran further said Tamil Nadu and Puducherry received widespread rains in the last 24 hours, with Kodanadu in the Nilgiris district recording the highest rainfall of 14 cm, followed by Coonoor (13 cm) in the same district.

About 33 places in the state and the UT received heavy rains while there were very heavy rains in four locations.

In the next 24 hours, heavy rains were likely in most districts of Tamil Nadu, including those along the western ghats, he said. He advised fishermen not to venture into the sea along Lakshadweep on Thursday and Friday.

(With inputs from agencies)

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