A low-pressure area over the southeast Bay of Bengal is likely to become a depression and move towards Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh by December 6, the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) said on Monday.
During the next 24 hours, isolated rainfall was likely in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, he said and advised fishermen not to venture into “deep” parts of southern Bay of Bengal for fishing. There were isolated rains in one or two places in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
The “very severe cyclonic storm Ockhi” over east central and adjoining southeast the Arabian Sea moved further northwards and lay centered at 5.30 AM today over east central Arabian Sea near, about 590 km north-northwest of Amini Divi, 690 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 870 km south-southwest of Surat.
Ockhi cyclone, which becomes terrific in Tamil Nadu, and parts of neighboring Kerala, was “very likely to move north-northeastwards, weaken gradually and cross south Gujarat and adjoining north Maharashtra coasts near Surat as a deep depression by midnight” of December 5 (tomorrow), the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
state Chief Minister K Palaniswami told Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a telephone conversation that the state would soon send a request to Centre seeking financial assistance post-Ockhi damage in the Kanyakumari district.
Mr. Palaniswami reviewed the rescue and rehabilitation work in Kanyakumari with senior IAS officials. And informed that about 357 fishermen, including 71 from Tamil Nadu, stranded in the sea due to cyclone Ockhi, were rescued.