Severe cyclonic storm Maha (pronounced as M’maha) is all set to intensify into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ in the next few hours, predicted the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Cyclone Maha gained strength and intensified into ‘severe cyclonic storm’ on Thursday. The cyclone has already moved across the Lakshadweep Islands. Isolated places over Kerala, Maharashtra, and Lakshadweep are likely to witness heavy rainfall today in the wake of Cyclone Maha.
On Friday, the severe cyclonic storm lay centered over eastcentral Arabian Sea about 450 km north-northwest of Aminidivi (Lakshadweep), 460 km north-northwest of Mangaluru (Karnataka) and 310 km south-southwest of Goa, IMD said in a press release. The fourth cyclone this year in the Arabian Sea is likely to move northwestwards during the next six hours, according to latest forecast of the weather agency.
IMD has already predicted heavy rainfall in Kerala, coastal Karnataka and southern part of Tamil Nadu on Friday. There is a prediction of moderate rainfall in Konkan and Goa, Madhya Maharashtra and south Gujarat during next 24 hours. “With peripherals reaching the West Coast, light to moderate rains cannot be ruled out along the coastal areas,” said weather forecasting agency Skymet.
There would be major relief from extremely heavy rains over Lakshadweep Islands as Cyclone Maha is set to move northwestwards, as per IMD.
Gale winds, speed reaching 100-110 kmph gusting to 125 kmph over the east-central Arabian Sea, very likely to increase gradually over the east-central Arabian Sea becoming 120-130 kmph gusting to 140 kmph by evening.
Sea condition is high to very high over the east-central Arabian Sea for the next 12 hours. IMD has also added that the sea condition will become phenomenal from today evening for the next four days. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea along and off Karnataka-Goa-Maharashtra coasts in the next 24 hours.
Cyclone Kyarr, the first super cyclonic storm in Arabian Sea in last 12 years, has gradually weakened into deep depression.