The Kerala government has put its state machinery on alert in view of the possibility of heavy to very heavy rain in the state for the next four day.
According to an India Meteorological Department bulletin, the low pressure over the southeast Arabian sea is very likely to become more marked during the next 12 hours and concentrate into a depression.
It is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm and move towards Oman Coast thereafter.
Some parts of the state including Kochi, Thrissur and Malappuram received rain on Friday.
In view of the weather forecast, a red alert has been sounded in Idukki and Malappuram districts with heavy rains expected on Sunday.
A orange alert was announced across many districts including Palakkad, Wayanad and Patha-nam-thitta from today till Oct 8.
Meanwhile, state govt said shutter of the Idukki-Cheru Thoni dam will be lifted during the day to drain out water as preparatory measure in the backdrop of heavy rain forecast for the next couple of days.
The Navy has put its air and surface assets at Kochi on high alert in view of adverse weather warning. 8 NDRF teams have been deployed in the state.
Fishermen have been warned not to venture into deep sea.
Meanwhile, rain continued to lash parts of Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry for the third day on Friday, prompting officials to declare holiday for educational institutions in Tamil Nadu today.
Tamil Nadu initiated preventive measures following a heavy rain alert in the state on October 7. Three NDRF teams have been deployed in state
The Karnataka government too sounded an alert in 12 districts as the IMD said heavy rains were likely in South interior parts of the southern state.
(with inputs from agencies)