Cyclone ‘Maha’ leaves Kerala coast; rain likely to recede on Friday
Kozhikode: Cyclone Maha that was formed in the Lakshadweep area in the Arabian Sea has withdrawn from the Kerala coast. The private meteorological departments informed that the heavy rainfall in the state will recede with the retreat of the cyclone. The wind direction has changed and this will prevent the rain clouds from entering Kerala coast.
At present, Cyclone Maha is located at Karnataka-Goa region 500 km away from Kerala coast. This will intensify and move to Oman coast. Heavy rain is predicted in Udupi and Panaji. The speed of the cyclone will reach upto 140 kmph on Friday.
Meanwhile, the meteorological centres informed that gusty wind is likely at coastal and hilly regions in the state some times. Wind with a speed of 120-145 kmph is likely in the middle east Arabian Sea on Friday. An orange alert is issued in Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod districts and a red alert in Lakshadweep where extremely heavy rain is predicted.
Cyclone Maha intensified into a severe cyclone by Thursday evening. This reached a speed of 140 kmph at that time. The meteorological department has predicted that this will turn into a very severe cyclone by Friday. This is expected to move to middle east Arabian Sea by going in north-northwest direction through Lakshadweep.