The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted the formation of a cyclonic storm over east-central Arabian Sea around May 16 that is likely to bring rainfall in areas around India’s western coast. It will be the first cyclone over the Arabian Sea in 2021 and has been named ‘Tauktae’—a name given by Myanmar.
The Met department said a low pressure area is very likely to form over the southeast Arabian Sea around May 14. It is likely to move north-northwestwards across the southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area and intensify gradually. It may intensify into a ‘cyclonic storm’ over the east-central Arabian Sea around May 16 and continue to move north-northwestwards.
Tauktae may affect Gujarat
While Lakshadweep, the coastal parts of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra are likely to be impacted due to the weather system, there is also a possibility of the storm changing its course towards Kutch and South Pakistan. If it does, then coastal Gujarat will be hit by the cyclone on May 17 or 18.
The Met said it will have a better picture in a day or two on the entire course and the likely formation.
Impact of the cyclonic storm
According to IMD’s bulletin, Tauktae will bring light to moderate rainfall with isolated heavy rainfall at a few places in Lakshadweep Islands, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka between May 13 and 15. Wind speed is likely to be around 40 to 80 km per hour during this period.
The weather experts have also said that sea conditions will be rough to very rough on May 14 and 15 over the southeast Arabian sea and adjoining Lakshadweep-Maldives area. Sea conditions will be very rough in the east-central Arabian Sea.
Fishermen out in the deep sea have been advised to return to the coast by May 14. The fishermen have been also advised not to venture into the southeast Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep –Maldives areas from May 13, the east-central Arabian Sea along and off Karnataka coast from May 14 and into the east-central Arabian Sea and along and off Maharashtra –Goa coasts from May 15.
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