In the wake of Cyclone Kyarr, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rainfall in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep for the next three days. Kerala is already under orange alert indicating heavy to very heavy rainfall in Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Idukki districts of Kerala.
Cyclone Kyarr, the first super cyclonic storm in Arabian Sea in last 12 years, is likely to weaken gradually from today, stated IMD. A red alert has been issued for Lakshadweep islands for today and tomorrow. Super cyclonic storm Kyarr has weakened into an extremely severe cyclonic storm over west-central and adjoining east-central & north Arabian Sea, said IMD in a press release. The cyclonic storm is likely to west-northwestwards till today morning and re-curve west-southwestwards thereafter, predicted the weather forecasting agency.
Heavy to very heavy rainfalls is likely at isolated places over Lakshadweep, south Tamil Nadu during next 48 hours and over south Kerala during next 72 hours, warned IMD. Owing to heavy rainfall, all the educational institutions in Ramanathapuram and schools in Madurai district will remain closed today, reported ANI. The IMD has also predicted moderate rainfall in coastal Karnataka in the next 48 hours.
Fishermen are advised not to venture into south Tamil Nadu coast in the next 24 hours. Under the influence of the storm, parts of Kerala is likely to receive very heavy rainfall in next few days. IMD has issued an advance 'orange alert' for Malappuram and Kozhikode districts in Kerala.
The very severe cyclonic storm is likely to intensify as deep depression by the weekend. Isolated parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu will also witness thunderstorm. Wind speed will be strong to very strong along the Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka coast, said Skymet.
The sea condition is very likely to phenomenal over west-central and adjoining east-central and the north Arabian Sea and rough to very rough over the southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep-Maldives areas.