Cyclone may hit western coast this weekend; heavy rainfall prediction for Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa

In a worrying situation, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted the formation of a cyclone storm in the Arabian Sea on May 16. If formed, the cyclonic storm would the first to hit the western coast of India this year and it would be named ‘Tauktae’.

The IMD said that a Low-pressure area is expected to form over the southeast Arabian Sea around the morning of May 14. “It is very likely to move north-northwestwards across the southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area and intensify into a Depression around May 15. It may intensify into a Cyclonic Storm over east-central Arabian Sea around May 16 and continue to move north-northwestwards,” the weather department said.

The low pressure is expected to result in heavy rainfall over Kerala and Lakshwadeep on May 14 to 15 while Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are likely to experience heavy downpour on May 15.

With the sea condition expected to be rough from Thursday, the IMD has advised fishermen to not venture out to the southeast Arabian Sea, Maldives, Comorin and Lakshadweep areas, along and off Kerala coast from the morning of May 13. The fishermen wishing to head towards east-central Arabian sea and along and off Karnataka coasts have been asked to stay away from the seas from May 14 while those along and off Maharashtra and Goa coasts have been advised to stay back from May 15.

The fishermen who are already in the sea are advised to return to the coast by the night of May 12.


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