Gujarat: Cyclone ASHOBAA to intensify into severe cyclonic storm by tomorrow

June 9, 2015 Author: Vishwagujarat
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Cyclonic storm ‘ASHOBAA’ will be moving north-north-westwards and intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm by tomorrow night.

This may encourage rainfall at most places over coastal Karnataka, Konkan and Goa as well as south Gujarat with isolated heavy falls.

Strong winds speed reaching 70 to 120 kilometres per hour would prevail along and off Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra coasts.

According to the MeT Department, sea condition would be very rough to high along and off Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra coasts.

In Gujarat, weather department has issued a warning to fishermen along the coast following the storm. As a precautionary measure, danger signal number 2 has been hoisted at all ports of Gujarat.

The India Meteorological Department(IMD) is closely monitoring a depression that has developed over the Arabian Sea and is expected to turn into a “deep depression”, bringing heavy rains in Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat. Such a phenomenon affects the progress of monsoon, weather experts said.

The IMD is yet to term it as a “cyclonic storm”, but Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency, has said that the “depression” has already developed into a “deep depression” and is rapidly gaining strength showing features of a “tropical storm”.

Latest satellite imagery and observations indicate that a depression has formed over east-central Arabian Sea and lay centred at 08:30 hours IST on Sunday, June 7, about 690 km southwest of Mumbai, 740 km south-southwest of Veraval (Gujarat) and 1230 km southeast of Masirah Island (Oman).

India Meteorological Department official said, It would move north-northwestwards and intensify further into a deep depression during next 24 hours. Strong winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph would prevail along and off Maharashtra, Konkan and Goa coasts during next 48 hours. Sea condition would be rough along and off Maharashtra, Konkan and Goa coasts during the same period.

It has categorised cyclones in various degrees, starting with “depression” and “deep depression”, followed by a “cyclonic storm”. “We are monitoring the progress of the depression. It would be difficult to say if this would affect the progress of monsoon. At times, such patterns help give more moisture to the monsoon winds and help in progress.”

India Meteorological Department deputy director general Krishnanand Hosalikar Said, But there have been times when it has affected the progress of monsoon. Last year, cyclonic storm Nanauk in Arabian Ocean affected the progress of monsoon. It was supposed to hit Mumbai by June 10, but finally arrived on June 15.

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