Low pressure over Arabian Sea: Red alert in 3 districts on Friday, 5 districts on Saturday

Thiruvananthapuram: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued red alert in various districts of Kerala as a low pressure formed over the Arabian Sea.

Red alert has been sounded in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta districts on may 14 and in Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod on May 15.

Heavy rain, gusty wind and rough sea are predicted in the state as the low pressure will intensify into a cyclone and move near Kerala coast. The IMD predicted extremely heavy rain which gauges 204 millimetre within 24 hours.

The State Disaster Management Authority is closely monitoring the formation of depression and and its development. The alerts will be revised from time to time according to the warning issued by the IMD.

The low pressure formed in the south eastern part of the Arabian Sea near Lakshadweep on Thursday morning. It will further intensify in the next 24 hours.

The low pressure will turn into a deep depression by Saturday morning and intensify into a cyclone by Sunday moving in north-northwest direction.