The storm ‘Ockhi’, formed in the South Asian region, has intensified and begun travelling further away from Maldives.
Indian Meteorological Department had declared that the storm had intensified and started travelling towards the Arabian Sea from the Indian Ocean.
An official of the Maldives Meteorological Service said the storm is travelling north, away from the country, heading north-west.
The wind speeds at Maldives were clocked at 51 mph, while ADh. Maamigili experienced the strongest winds, at 55 mph. Met Office said B. Dharavandhoo experienced 54 mph winds on Friday.
Numerous northern islands experienced flooding due to the storm, including Dh. Meedhoo, Lh. Hinnavaru, Naifaru, N. Miladhoo, and Maaungoodhoo. These islands were the most effected, with some residents being temporarily moved to other houses due to heavy flooding and damage to property.
Met Office issued a yellow alert to HA. Atoll and K. Atoll from 10:30 a.m. to 15:30 p.m. on Friday, due to winds speeds of 30 to 40 mph, with gusts of 60 to 70 mph in the region.
Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) cautioned people to close all doors and windows, especially on higher floors, and to secure plants and furniture on terraces for the safety of people.