The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday that a depression has formed over the southeast Arabian Sea and is likely to intensify into a cyclone by Wednesday and move in a northwesterly direction.
As of 8:30 am, the depression was located about 950 km west-southwest of Goa, 1,100 km south-southwest of Mumbai, 1,190 km south of Porbandar and 1,490 km south of Karachi, Pakistan, according to IMD’s bulletin.
Experts have indicated that the intensity and location of cyclones in the Arabian Sea will affect the onset of monsoon in Kerala.
Cyclone Biparjoy, named Biparjoi, is expected to move northwards and intensify over the east-central Arabian Sea and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea, the IMD said.
This event is similar to the formation of Cyclone Yas in 2021, which coincided with the onset of monsoon.
“Conditions for the progress of monsoon have been favorable for the past one week. Satellite images have been continuously showing cloud formation over the Kerala coast, which is an indication of strengthening monsoon,” a senior IMD official said.
The IMD will continue to closely monitor the development of the cyclone and provide regular updates to ensure the safety and preparedness of the coastal areas.
Instructions to raise warning signal at ports in Gujarat
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday that all ports in Gujarat have been asked to raise the warning signal as the depression formed in the Arabian Sea is likely to turn into a cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the deep sea due to the weather phenomenon.
PTI reported that the Meteorological Agency has informed that the ‘Distant Cautionary-1 (DC-1)’ signal should be raised at all ports along the north and south Gujarat coasts.
According to the IMD portal, DC-I lifting at a port leaves ships when the sea (weather) system is a depression or a deep depression, though the local weather at the port is unlikely to be affected immediately. The port may be in danger on their journey.
We have warned fishermen not to go out to sea. The alert is for North Gujarat ports. Ahmedabad Met director Manorama Mohanty said if fishermen were fishing in deep sea (north or south Gujarat) they should return immediately. Reporters.
The department has not predicted that the cyclone, which is likely to become a super cyclone, will make landfall along the Gujarat coast.