Tropical Cyclone Ockhi is now a Severe Cyclonic Storm as it now lies about 100 kms Northeast of Minicoy Island heading towards the open waters of Arabian Sea with another round of intensification awaiting this system. At its closest it was just about 50 kms to the South of Kanyakumari while it traversed the Comorin Sea yesterday morning. This cyclone once again reiterates the importance of a disturbance in Comorin Sea with widespread rains seen in Tamil Nadu.
Kanyakumari district bore the brunt of the rains as well in addition to the gusty winds that the cyclone brought while moving across the coast. Nagercoil has recorded 16 cms up to 2:30 AM with the rains taking a breather for the last couple of hours. Many places in Interior Tamil Nadu also recorded moderate rains bringing much relief to people who were worried about the poor NEM so far.
As mentioned above Severe Cyclone Ockhi now lies very close to Minicoy Islands as it continues its Northwest movement into the Arabian Sea. Lakshadweep Islands is likely to receive heavy to very heavy rains for the next 12 – 24 hours or so bringing the risk of flooding in the islands as places like Kavaratti, Minicoy could be under threat from this Cyclone as it passes through.
Today we are likely to see another day of good rains over Tamil Nadu as the Cyclone continues to drag moisture across the Peninsular India. In particular the stretch between Rameswaram & Pondicherry and the areas to the West of this stretch in the interior areas are likely to see good rains with a few places getting moderate to heavy rains.
Once again places along the Western Ghats could be in line for heavy rains with Nilgiris district under risk today as the cyclone climbs latitude. Chennai will see spells of rains in the morning with spells of rains to continue later in the day.