In a weather advisory at 10 am, the IMD or Indian Meteorological Department had issued a cyclone alert for Lakshadweep Islands. Coastal Tamil Nadu has been experiencing heavy showers since yesterday. Schools in seven districts including Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, Virudhunagar are closed today.
Heavy rainfall is likely to continue in isolated areas of south Tamil Nadu and southern Kerala in the next 48 hours owing to a depression in the south-west Bay of Bengal off the Sri Lankan coast. A Cyclone called Ockhi soon to be declared by IMD, is close to Kanyakumari now.