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IMD issues cyclone alert for Lakshadweep Islands

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New Delhi, November 30, 2017

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today issued a cyclone alert for the Lakshadweep Islands, with a deep depression over the Comorin area expected to move west-northwestwards and intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours.
A bulletin issued by the IMD said the depression which had formed over southwest Bay of Bengal near southeast Sri Lanka coast yesterday morning had moved nearly westwards and intensified into a deep depression in the early hours of today and lay centred at 0530 hrs IST of today over Comorin area near latitude 6.7º N and Longitude 78.3º E, about 240 km west-northwest of Galle (Sri Lanka), 170 km southeast of Kanyakumari and 600 km eastsoutheast of Minicoy. 
"The system is very likely to move west-northwestwards and intensify further into a cyclonic storm during next 12 hours," it said.
The bulletin said that, under the influence of the system, rainfall was very likely at most places over south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala during the next 24 hours, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places and isolated heavy falls during the subsequent 24 hours.
It said rainfall was also likely at most places over Lakshadweep area during the  next 48 hours, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy.
The bulletin warned that squally winds reaching 55-65 kmph, gusting to 75 kmph, were very likely along and off South Kerala during the next 48 hours and along and off south Tamil Nadu during the next 24 hours.
It said squally winds, with speed reaching 55-65 kmph, gusting to 75 kmph, were very likely along and around Lakshadweep Islands during the next 24 hours and gradual increase in wind speed, becoming 70-80 kmph, gusting to 90 kmph, during the subsequent 24 hours.
The bulletin said sea conditions would be very rough to high along and off South Kerala during the next 48 hours and along and off south Tamil Nadu during the next 24 hours.
Sea conditions would be very rough to high along and around Lakshadweep Islands during the next 24 hours and high during the subsequent 24 hours, it said.
The bulletin said the storm could cause damage to power and communication lines due to breaking of tree branches and uprooting of trees in Lakshadweep Islands, major damaged to "kutcha" houses and minor damage to "pucca" roads. There could also be damage to paddy crops, banana, papaya trees and orchards.
The IMD advised fishermen along and off Lakshadweep Islands not to venture into the sea during the next 48 hours. Fishermen in South Tamil Nadu were also advised not to venture into the sea during the next 24 hours and off the South Kerala coast during the next 48 hours.
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