A red alert has been issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in three districts of Kerala and Lakshadweep another five districts of Kerala.
IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall very likely at a few places with extremely heavy falls at isolated places in the next few days.
With Cyclone Tauktae in formation over the Arabian sea, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has pre-deployed 24 teams on the ground in the states of Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.
Cyclone Tauktae is the first cyclone of 2021.
Last year, cyclone Nisarga had made landfall in Alibaug, Maharashtra and had hit the Western coastline including the southern coast of Gujarat.
No untoward incident had been recorded from the cyclonic storm.