Hurricane Ockhi, which killed four people on the coast of Kerala and five in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, is moving northwest to Lakshadweep in the Arabian Sea, where it is expected to intensify during next 24 hours. during the next 48 hours. the IMD office said the cyclone had moved away from Kanyakumari and Thiruvananthapuram.
Heavy rains are expected in southern Kerala for the next 24 hours and in southern Tamil Nadu for the next 12 hours. Schools in the coastal districts of the two states have been closed. More than 80 fishermen from the coastal villages of Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala are still missing and are believed to be stranded at sea. Chennai can expect moderate and intermittent rains on Friday.