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01 December 2017, 06:37 | Kara Nash
Cyclone Ockhi: At least 8 dead in Tamil Nadu, Kerala; storm to intensify as it heads towards Lakshadweep
In Kanyakumari and Thoothukudi districts of Tamil Nadu, strong winds uprooted more than 500 trees, snapped power lines and damaged settlements close to the sea. Navy, coast guard, air force and local police have launched a massive operation to rescue them. The Southern Naval Command has deployed Naval ships "Shardul", "Nireekshak", "Kabra" and "Kalpeni" and two aircraft based on the request received from the Thiruvananthapuram Collector for assistance.
"For Search & Rescue (SAR) off Kanyakumari India Coast Guard deploying 2 OPVs in the area, and 1 OPV is being deployed ex Toothukudi". "Search and rescue of missing fishing boats with crew & Marine Engg vessel at sea due to CycloneOckhi off Kerala coast".
Torrential rain and winds wreaked havoc along the southern districts of Kerala Thursday. A total six warships and coast guard ships have been deployed. The system also had the potential of intensifying into a cyclonic storm around the latter part of the first week of December. The Met department has also warned of a storm surge of half-a-meter above astronomical tides which could inundate low-lying areas of coastal districts of south Kerala.
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Gale wind speed reaching 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph very likely along & off South Kerala during next 48 hours and along & off south Tamilnadu during next 24 hours.
Heavy rainfall is expected over south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala during the next 24 hours.
Squally winds speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph very likely along & around Lakshadweep Islands during next 12 hours and increase thereafter with wind speeds becoming 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph from tonight, the 30th November 2017.
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