Kerala on high alert after warning of depression over Arabian Sea

Depression over the Indian Ocean

" Danger signal no.3 will be hoisted at all ports".

The IMD has forecast more rain or thundershowers at many places in South Tamil Nadu on Thursday with isolated heavy fall. The condition is closely monitored by Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA).

Three months after Cyclone Ockhi ravaged the Kerala coast and caught the administration on the wrong foot, the government has sounded an alert as a depression in the Arabian Sea for last two days deepened further on Tuesday.

Tuesday's depression moved North-North-Westwards and was located about 130 km South-East of Minicoy in Lakshadweep, 340 km West-South-West of Thiruvanathapuram and 380 km North-North-East of Male (Maldives). It is likely to weaken gradually over southeast and adjoining east-central Arabian Sea after 24 hours. It is likely to move north-westwards and maintain the intensity of depression during next 24 hrs. Lakshadweep is likely to experience heavy rain while Kerala may also witness the effects of the depression.

The state government had yesterday issued a fresh alert and directed officials to be prepared to face any emergency after the Met office said the weather system was likely to intensify into a deep depression and bring heavy rains. There is low probability for further intensification of the system into deep depression.

It said squally winds with speeds reaching 45-55 kph and gusting to 65 kph was likely over Comorin area and along and off south Tamilnadu, south Kerala and Lakshadweep coasts in the next 48 hours. It also forecasts maximum offshore high waves in the range of 3 to 4.8 meters during 5.30 pm March 14 to 11.30 pm on March 15 off Kerala coast from Vizhinjam to Kasaragod.

The agency warned fishermen and residents against venturing into the sea off the coasts southern Tamil Nadu and Kerala coasts and the equatorial Indian Ocean, Gulf of Mannar, and Lakshadweep region.



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