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Western coast may face first cyclone of the year next week, specific prediction is expected by Friday | India News

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NEW DELHI: India’s western coast may witness the first cyclonic storm of the year by Sunday with India meteorological department (IMD) on Tuesday predicting its “likely formation” over east central Arabian Sea. Once it is formed, the cyclone will be named as ‘Tauktae’, meaning highly vocal lizard gecko, – the name given by Myanmar.
The IMD said a low-pressure area was very likely to form over southeast Arabian Sea around May 14 (Friday) morning. “It is very likely to move north north-westwards across southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area and intensify gradually,” it said, underlining the possibility of rains and squally weather in Lakshadweep and coastal areas of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra.

Based on its numerical models, the IMD predicted that the low-pressure area may intensify into a “cyclonic storm” over east central Arabian Sea around May 16 (Sunday) and continue to move north north-westwards.
Some of the numerical models, however, show the possibility of its course towards Kutch areas in Gujarat and south Pakistan while others indicate its movement towards south Oman.
“It will be clearer in a day or two. Once a low-pressure area is formed by Friday (May 14), we will be able to predict its further course and landfall,” Sunitha Devi, head of cyclone warning division, IMD told TOI.
She said, “At present, the numerical model guidance is very vague. Still, we have come out with the prediction at this stage as a precautionary step so that the fishermen out in the deep sea could return to the coast by Friday.”
Issuing its warning, the IMD said the tidal wave of about one meter height above the astronomical tide was very likely to inundate low lying areas of Lakshadweep Islands on May 15-16.
Since sea conditions over southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep-Maldives area and equatorial Indian Ocean will be rough to very rough on Friday-Saturday, the IMD advised fishermen not to venture into southeast Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep-Maldives areas from Thursday, east central Arabian Sea along and off Karnataka coast from Friday and into east central Arabian Sea and along and off Maharashtra-Goa coasts from Saturday.
She said, “At present, the numerical model guidance is very vague. Still, we have come out with the prediction at this stage as a precautionary step so that the fishermen out in the deep sea could return to the coast by Friday.”
Issuing its warning, the IMD said the tidal wave of about one meter height above the astronomical tide was very likely to inundate low lying areas of Lakshadweep Islands on May 15-16.
Since sea conditions over southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep-Maldives area and equatorial Indian Ocean will be rough to very rough on Friday-Saturday, the IMD advised fishermen not to venture into southeast Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep-Maldives areas from Thursday, east central Arabian Sea along and off Karnataka coast from Friday and into east central Arabian Sea and along and off Maharashtra-Goa coasts from Saturday.

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