India Cyclone Ockhi live updates: Storm weakens into ‘depression’, may not hit Gujarat

13:50  06 december  2017
13:50  06 december  2017 Source:   The Indian Express

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Cyclone Ockhi live updates : The last bulletin issued by the IMD on Tuesday night stated that Cyclone Ockhi is likely to hit Gujarat only as a " depression ".

Cyclone Ockhi has put authorities in southern Gujarat and northern Maharashtra on alert. For north India, however, the storm may prove to be a blessing. 1. Ockhi on course to hit Gujarat 's Surat late tonight.

Cyclone Ockhi, which was headed towards northern Maharashtra and Gujarat, gradually weakened into a "deep depression" on Tuesday night, limiting the possibility of making landfall in Gujarat. In anticipation of the storm, over 3,000 people had been evacuated from 29 coastal villages in Surat district. The deep depression is likely to bring light to moderate rain in many parts of the state over the next three days, the Indian Meteorological Department said.

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As Ockhi passed the coast of Mumbai Tuesday, the city witnessed the highest December rainfall in 142 years — since December 12, 1967 — with Colaba receiving 70.4 mm rainfall and Santacruz receiving 36 mm in 24 hours.

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Cyclone Ockhi has already turned into a "deep depression " and may not hit the Gujarat coast near Surat as predicted earlier but the cyclonic storm has already cancelled many rallies scheduled for Wednesday in poll-bound Gujarat .

Follow LIVE updates of Cyclone Ockhi 's landfall in Gujarat here: 12:05 am: Cyclone Ockhi weakens , may not hit Gujarat coast: IMD. Cyclonic storm Ockhi has already turned into a "deep depression " and may hit south Gujarat only as a " depression " late tonight, according to an official

a group of people walking in the water: Cyclone Ockhi live updates: As it passed the coast of Mumbai Tuesday, the city witnessed the highest December rainfall in 142 years (Express Photo/Prashant Nadkar) © express web desk Cyclone Ockhi live updates: As it passed the coast of Mumbai Tuesday, the city witnessed the highest December rainfall in 142 years (Express Photo/Prashant Nadkar)

The Indian Navy on Tuesday, meanwhile, rescued 185 fishermen stranded off the coast of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Severely dehydrated, they were moved to safety. Till 6.00 pm on Tuesday, 608 people have been rescued from sea, the defence ministry confirmed.

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12.22 pm: The Navy has released a graphic, indicating the deployment of ships and air crafts along the west coast, for rescue operations. Rescue operations are underway; so far 629 people have been rescued off the coast of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

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Cyclonic storm Ockhi has already turned into a "deep depression " and may hit south Gujarat only as a " depression " late tonight, according to an official statement.

11.31 am: Till 9 am this morning, 629 people, including five Sri Lankan nationals, have been rescued by personnel, the defence ministry says. There are 233 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and 361 from Kerala who have been rescued. 10.57 am: According to the MeT, the cyclone has weakened due to “unfavourable environmental conditions. Jayanta Sarkar, director of the MeT, was quoted as saying by PTI, “The system weakened mainly because of unfavourable environmental conditions, like high wind shear and colder sea surface near the coast. The system weakened because it is winter. The story would have been different had it occurred during the monsoon or pre-monsoon season.” 

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While local authorities rush to move more people living in the coastal areas of Surat to safety, the Indian Meteorological Department said that Cyclone Ockhi is gradually weakening into a depression and may not hit the coast of Gujarat .

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10.00 am: Search and rescue operations are still underway by the Indian Navy and coast guard for the missing fishermen off the Kerala and Tamil Nadu coasts. There are 22 ships and five aircrafts involved in operations. On Tuesday, 185 fishermen, severely dehydrated, were rescued by personnel.

9.31 am: Due to the cyclone, Congress and BJP rallies in poll-bound Gujarat were cancelled on Tuesday but will resume today. BJP president Amit Shah’s rallies in Rajula town of Amreli and Mahuva and Shihor of Bhavnagar district were cancelled, while Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s in Morbi, Dhrangadhra and Surendranagar were called off. Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address rallies in Dhandhuka, Dahod and Netrang. On Tuesday, Modi had said he was continuously monitoring the cyclone, and has provided assistance to those affected. He had appealed to his party’s Karyakaraks in the state to “devote themselves to providing all possible assistance.” Soon after, Rahul Gandhi too urged Congress workers to “support the needy during this hour of crisis.”

9.00 am: Fishermen have been cautioned against venturing out to sea, as conditions are likely to remain rough for the next 18 hours.

8.45 am: The last bulletin issued by the IMD on Tuesday night stated that Cyclone Ockhi is likely to hit Gujarat only as a "depression". Located 240 kilometres south-southwest of the state, it is likely to bring rain over the next three days. The cyclone has dissipated due to "unfavourable environmental conditions", and due to the onset of winter, IMD added.

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