Flagging danger signals ahead of cyclone tidings, MeT advises Gujarat fishermen to not to venture into the sea

News Bharati    11-Jun-2019
Ahmedabad, June 11: Amid the heavy rainfall warnings issued in parts of Gujarat in the next few days due to a depression in the Arabian Sea which is likely to turn into a severe cyclonic storm, MeT have advised the fishermen not to venture into the sea. Ports have also been asked to flag the danger signal. 

"Heavy rain warning has been issued for Saurashtra and Kutch on June 13 and 14 due to the depression in the Arabian Sea which will turn into a severe cyclonic storm," state meteorological director Jayanta Sarkar said adding that the depression over south-east, adjoining Lakshadweep and east-central Arabian Sea have moved northwards with a speed of about 31 kmph on Monday.
“It is very likely to intensify further into a deep depression during the next six hours, into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours and into a severe cyclonic storm thereafter. It is likely to move north-northwest wards during next 72 hours”, it said.
"It is very likely to cause an adverse impact in terms of wind and rainfall over Saurashtra and Kutch, mainly on June 13 and 14," the release said.
Gujarat is at present reeling under severe heat wave as the maximum temperature in major cities, including Ahmedabad, has been over 43 degrees Celsius since last week of May. Sarkar said the severe cyclonic storm is likely to cause heavy rains and winds in the coastal districts of Saurashtra, like Bhavnagar, Amreli, Junagadh, Jamangar, Porbandar, Dwarka and also Kutch.
"We have asked the state government to issue a warning to fishermen that they should not venture into the sea and have also asked those who are in sea to come back immediately”, he added. The monsoon usually sets the state around June 15. But as it got late to arrive in Kerala this year, it was expected to be delayed by a week in Gujarat.