'Maha' cyclone expected to intensify by noon
Kozhikode: The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority has informed that ‘Maha’ cyclone, which was formed in the Lakshadweep region of Arabian sea, is moving towards the North- Northwest direction at a speed of 15 kmph.
The cyclone is currently positioned 30 km away from the South-West of Lakshadweep’s Amini Island, 300 km from Lakshadweep’s Minicoy Island and 300 Km west from Kozhikode, according to Meteorological department.
The cyclone is expected to intensify by noon and transform into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ (a maximum speed of 90 to 140 kmph) and in the next 24 hours, it is predicted to intensify further into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’. The cyclone is also expected to enter East- Central Arabian sea in the next 12 hours.
Though the path of Cyclone Maha does not include Kerala, all fishermen were called back from the sea and fishing has been completely banned on Kerala coast. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is predicted in various places in the state. Gusty wind is likely in coastal region. People are warned to stay away from visiting beaches.