The India Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rains in the state till Tuesday. It cautioned that the state may experience isolated heavy rains, accompanied by lightning.
The India Meteorological Department has issued yellow alert in Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod districts for the next two days.
Under the influence of the cyclonic storm's passage into land, moderate to heavy rainfall, accompanied by gale wind was witnessed in several coastal regions.
A storm warning signal flag Number Five has been hoisted at the Puducherry port and fisherfolk had been asked not to venture into the sea.
Puducherry declared a holiday for all schools and colleges in Puducherry and Karaikal regions on Friday and Saturday after the IMD issued a cyclone warning.
A Super Cyclone barrelled through Odisha on October 29, 1999, causing insuperable damage. It was the most intense tropical cyclone that crossed the Indian coast after satellites started monitoring storms.
According to the IMD office in Kolkata, Sitrang is currently 380 km away from Sagar Island, the point of the confluence of river Ganga and Bay of Bengal.
The impending cyclone has dampened spirits of the people, from children to elders, planning to celebrate Kali Puja and Deepawali in a grand manner after a two-year pandemic-caused lull.
IMD has predicted rains and winds in the state for the next four days.
A low pressure area has formed in Bay of Bengal, which has resulted in a cyclonic circulation.