In view of a cyclone building up in the Arabian Sea between May 14 and 16, the Indian Coast Guard issued an advisory to the Fisheries Department on Wednesday (May 12), warning fishermen along the Arabian Sea coast and the south Tamil Nadu coast not to go to sea and to return to the nearest harbour.
The statement came just hours after the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasted a low-pressure area developing over the Arabian Sea, warning that it could intensify into a cyclone by May 16. The IMD had also urged fishermen out in the deep sea in coastal parts of the country earlier in the day to return to the coast and not to venture into the sea.
Heavy rain is expected in isolated areas across Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, and Bihar, according to the IMD. According to the weather forecasting department torrential rain is also expected in Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Coastal, South Interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, and Lakshadweep.
According to a report released by IMD “A low pressure area is very likely to form over south-east Arabian Sea around May 14 morning. It is very likely to move north-north-westwards across south-east Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area and intensify gradually.” It is expected to intensify into a cyclonic storm over the east-central Arabian Sea about May 16 and travel north-north-westwards, report said.
According to the IMD, Lakshadweep, Kerala’s coast, Karnataka, Goa, and Maharashtra are likely to be affected. Myanmar has assigned it the name “Tauktae”, and if it hits the Indian coast, it will be India’s first cyclonic storm of 2021. Furthermore, according to the weather service, the storm could change direction and head towards Kutch and South Pakistan. If it does, the cyclone will strike coastal Gujarat on May 17 or 18.
Meanwhile, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani held a meeting and ordered officials from the state’s coastal districts to stay vigilant and take appropriate safety precautions. Officials have anticipated that this probable cyclonic activity will bring thunderstorms to the state’s coastal regions, including Saurashtra and south Gujarat.
written by swati sahoo