Red alert in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala; NDRF dispatched

Cyclone Tauktae may further intensify into a cyclonic storm on Sunday.

A low pressure area or a cyclonic disturbance has formed over Lakshadweep and the Arabian Sea which will gradually intensify into a cyclonic storm by Sunday.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a heavy rain warning for parts of Maharashtra, Kerala and Gujarat in view of the rapid intensification of Cyclone Tauktae.

Code red alert, indicating extremely heavy rains, has been reinstated in five districts of Kerala. The IMD has predicted extremely heavy rains (red alert) in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, and Ernakulam on Friday.

Cyclone Tauktae which has formed over the Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep, will concentrate over the same region by Saturday morning and further intensify into a cyclonic storm on Sunday, triggering heavy rains in southern parts of the country.

Light to moderate rainfall at most places in Lakshadweep with "heavy to very heavy rain at a few places with extremely heavy falls ( 20 cm) at isolated places is very likely on Friday, heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places on Saturday and heavy rain at isolated places on Sunday," the IMD said.

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