The Indian Meteorological Department Saturday had issued a depression warning which was later, on Sunday, changed to intensifying into a ‘deep depression’ over the southeast and adjoining east central Arabian Sea. An IMD bulletin stated that heavy rains are predicted in Kerala and Tamil Nadu on Monday. On Saturday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had tweeted regarding the depression forming a cyclone storm and had issued a red alert for three districts which, on Sunday was altered to an orange alert. Following the IMD’s cyclonic forecast, Kerala state disaster management and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has opened a special cell coordination and the Indian Coast Guard was put on high alert on Sunday evening.
The government is also closely monitoring the water levels in various dams in the state. Shutters of 14 dams have been opened to avoid floods downstream. Water at 100 cubic per second will be discharged from Idamalayar dam from Saturday. One shutter of the Idukki dam was also partially opened on Sunday.
The cyclone warning was communicated to all Fisher Unions and Department Officials. A high-level meeting was conducted on Sunday to assess the preparedness of the states and Union Territory for a cyclone-related emergency.
Kerala, Tamil Nadu rain highlights: IMD issues cyclone warning
Rain surplus in Kerala
The state of Kerala received excess rainfall activity during the first week of October. As of October 7, Kerala is largely rain surplus by 51%. In fact, during the Southwest Monsoon also, Kerala ended with excess rains, reported Skymetweather.com
Update on sea conditions
The sea condition is very likely to be rough to very rough over north Andaman Sea and southeast, and adjoining east central Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours; and very rough over central and adjoining north Bay of Bengal during 9th and very rough to high during 10th and 11th October 2018, IMD said in a bulletin.
Depression probably to pass over Bay of Bengal, intensity to increase gradually
Probable #Depression over #Bay of Bengal will give light #rains over coastal #Odisha and #Gangetic #WestBengal by tomorrow. Intensity will increase gradually. It may intensity further into a deep depression by tomorrow. #Odishafloods #Kolkatarains @SkymetWeather— Mahesh Palawat (@Mpalawat) October 8, 2018
Unsure if cyclonic storm 'Luban' will make landfall: IMD
The India Meteorological Department today said the storm was some 1,040 kilometers (645 miles) east-southeast of Salalah, Oman, moving around 20 kph (12.5 mph). Forecasters warn it could develop into a severe cyclonic storm which is named, 'Luban' with winds gusting to 135 kph (83 mph). They still aren't sure where it will make landfall.
A tropical cyclone is called a hurricane or a typhoon in other parts of the world.
IMD issued a bulletin regarding the deep depression intensifying into cyclonic storm Luban
The Deep Depression which was over Southeast and adjoining East-central Arabian Sea has taken a west northwest track and was moving at a speed of about 20 kmph and has now intensified into a Cyclonic Storm Luban and lies over West Central Arabian Sea.
Tamil Nadu weatherman predicts rains in Chennai today, thus breaking the spell however, Ghats will continue receiving heavy showers
Skymet weather Vice President said that heavy showers don't spell threat for Kerala, TN
Skymet Weather Vice President Mahesh Palawat had tweeted that Kerala and TN might continue receiving heavy rainfall but it is no reason for threat as the deep depression will move away from the Indian coast and suggested that sea conditions will improve within 48 hours.
Deep depression over EC & adjoining SE Arabian Sea moved west-northwestwards with a speed of about 15 kmph in last 06 hours and lay centred over the same area, near latitude 12.2°N and longitude 63.5°E, It is very likely to intensify into a Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hours . pic.twitter.com/xIBmZvMGog— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) October 7, 2018
High-level meeting conducted to assess preparedness
"A high-level meeting was conducted at Kochi and Lakshadweep with district and Union Territory Administration to assess preparedness and meet any cyclone-related contingency. Specific disaster contingency and preparedness meetings were held all the Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands," the Coast Guard said, reported PTI.
Watch: Coast Guard ships asking fishermen to return to nearest harbour
Depression to move towards Odisha coast
"It is expected that depression will move towards Odisha coast in next 3 days. Under this influence, there will be a very good rainfall activity over Tamil Nadu," said S Balachandran, Met. Dept. Deputy Director General on red alert by IMD.
Depression over sotheast Arabian Sea expected to become cyclone: IMD Dy Director General
There is a depression over southeast Arabian Sea which is expected to become cyclone during next 24 hrs&move north westward. In north Andaman Sea&adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal,low pressure area is formed: S Balachandran, MET Dy Director General on red alert by IMD.#TamilNadu pic.twitter.com/JOCM8DquHf— ANI (@ANI) October 7, 2018
Depression likely to intensify into 'Deep Depression': IMD
IMD in a press release said, "The depression is very likely to intensify further into a Deep Depression during the next 12 hours and into a Cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards towards South Oman & adjoining Yemen Coasts during next 5 days.
Indian Coast Guard Dorniers and ships deployed off Kerala
Indian Coast Guard Dorniers&ships deployed off Kerala,L&M &south Tamil Nadu seas to broadcast warnings on VHF&advise fishermen at sea to return to harbor.2 Indian Coast Guard disaster response teams formed at Kochi&Gemini life boats kept on stand by for deployment at short notice pic.twitter.com/ixMEYJx5Xj— ANI (@ANI) October 7, 2018
Watch: Indian Coast Guard formations put on high alert after issuance of warning by IMD
#WATCH: Indian Coast Guard formations have been put on high alert after issuance of warning by IMD regarding formation of low pressure in South East Arabian Sea on 1 October & likely development into depression. (Video source: Indian Coast Guard) pic.twitter.com/Bc4bfCmJGY— ANI (@ANI) October 7, 2018
Fishermen at sea advised to return
As the sea condition is very likely to be rough over north Andaman Sea and southeast and adjoining east central Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours; and over central and adjoining north Bay of Bengal during October 8-10, fishermen out in the sea are advised to return to the coast.
Heavy rainfall warning: IMD
Rainfall at most places with heavy at isolated places are very likely to occur over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala and Lakshadweep during next 24 hours, in association with cyclonic storm and easterly wave.
Fishermen advised not to venture into deep sea areas: IMD
The IMD advised fishermen not to venture into deep sea areas as the conditions are expected to be rough to very rough.
Reservoir gate partially opened, water levels this morning
Mullaperiyar Dam's lake on October 7, 2018 at 9 am was measured at 132.9 feet whereas the Idukki reservoir's water level at 10 am stood at 2387.10 feet with a spill of 50 cumecs. One gate at the reservoir was opened by 70 cm.
Rough conditions at sea, dam shutters to be opened
The sea condition is expected to become rough to very rough over southeast Arabian sea and adjoining central Arabian Sea and fishermen have been advised not to put out to sea. The government is also closely monitoring the levels in various dams in the state. Shutters of around 22 dams including Cheruthoni, part of the Idukki reservoir, Malamapuzha, Neyyar, Kallada and Pamba have been opened to release water as a precautionary measure in view of the heavy rain forecast.
Kerala government steps up vigil
The Kerala government Saturday stepped up its vigil in view of the possibility of heavy rains following formation of depression over south-east and adjoining east-central Arabian Sea. The depression is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours and move northwestwards towards South Oman and adjoining Yemen coasts during the next five days.
Meanwhile, AIR News also tweeted out a warning for pounding rains in Kerala, TN and Puducherry
Vijayan also informed that alerts have been changed according to the intensity of rainfall in various districts
In case you missed it, Kerala CM Vijayan tweeted IMD bulletin warning of a cyclone last night
IMD has issued the first cyclone bulletin. Following this, the Additional Chief Secretary DMD has opened his special coordination cell with officials from both KSDMA and NDRF. This cell will function overnight in the Govt Secretariat.— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) October 6, 2018
1200 fishing boats have been anchored off Malpe due to bad weather
In all, 1200 fishing boats have been anchored off Malpe due to bad weather and 17 other state fishing boats including those from Tamil Nadu and Kerala have also taken shelter at Malpe harbour.