Chennai: A depression in the southwest Bay of Bengal that threatened to bring heavy to very heavy rainfall to south Tamil Nadu and Kerala has now turned into a cyclone, reports said on Thursday.
As per reports, Cyclone Ockhi currently lays about 60 kilometres from the southern tip of Tamil Nadu. Heavy rain has already started lashing the coastal areas of the state.
The cyclone is currently headed towards Lakshadweep islands and is unlikely to make a landfall in Tamil Nadu.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had on Wednesday warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall in parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala over the next 48 hours.
The regional weather office of the IMD said a depression over the southwest Bay of Bengal would bring heavy rains to south Tamil Nadu and could also intensify further.
The depression lay centered at around 500 kilometres south-south east of Kanyakumari on Wednesday, the weather office said in a release.
The IMD had said that system was likely to being heavy to very heavy rains at isolated places in south Tamil Nadu such as Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga and Viruthunagar, the release said.
Heavy rains could also lash parts of Nagapattinam, Thanjavur and Tiruvarur. The weather office had said squally winds with speeds upto 45-55 kmph were very likely along and off south Tamil Nadu during the next 48 hours.
It also advised fishermen against venturing int the sea as it is expected to be rough.
Meanwhile, AccuWeather separately warned that a newly-formed depression and a second brewing tropical threat will together threaten parts of India and Sri Lanka with flooding and mudslides into next week.