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Kerala on alert as Maha intensifies into super cyclone off its coast

  • Category
    Geography
  • Published
    4th Nov, 2019

The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) set up 11 shelter camps in the state as cyclonic storm Maha in the Arabian Sea intensified into a severe cyclonic storm. It urged fishermen not to venture into the sea, putting several districts on yellow alerts.

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The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) set up 11 shelter camps in the state as cyclonic storm Maha in the Arabian Sea intensified into a severe cyclonic storm. It urged fishermen not to venture into the sea, putting several districts on yellow alerts.

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  • Storm not likely to hit state directly. However, there would be heavy wind and rain.
  • The India Meteorological Department (IMD) stated that the storm was over Lakshadweep and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea, moving north-north westwards.
  • It intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and lay cantered over east-central Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area, about 325 kilometre west-northwest of Kozhikode.
  • With the cyclone intensified, the IMD forecast wind at 100-110 kilometre per hour, gusting 120 kmph over east-central Arabian Sea.
  • Lakshadweep is likely to receive extremely heavy rainfall and the IMD issued a “red message” for the island.

Cyclone Maha

  • Cyclone Maha, the fourth cyclone this year in the Arabian Sea, is set to intensify further into a 'Severe Cyclonic Storm'
  • The depression that had developed in the Comorin Sea, gained strength and turned into a cyclonic storm.
  • An Orange alert has already been issued in four districts of Kerala —Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram and Kozhikode.
  • ·Cyclone Kyarr, the first super cyclonic storm in Arabian Sea in last 12 years, gradually weakens, stated IMD.
  • ·The cyclone is very likely to weaken into a "Deep Depression"
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