Cyclone alert for North Maharashtra coast and south Gujarat
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 23:40
Mumbai: A cyclone alert has been issued to north Maharashtra and south Gujarat regions by the Met office here as the deep depression over southeast and adjoining central Arabian sea moved northwestwards on Tuesday.

The deep depression (system) is likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm and hit south Gujarat and north Maharashtra, Met office's evening bulletin said.

The Met office advised fishermen not to venture into the sea along and off Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts.

Mumbai and neighbouring Thane district will receive heavy to very heavy rains for the next 24 hours till tomorrow night.

Squally winds speed reaching 55-65 kmph, gusting to 75 kmph, are likely to commence along and off south Gujarat and Kerala coasts besides Lakshadweep from tomorrow afternoon, while it will hit Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra coasts during the next 48 hours, it said.

The deep depression lay centred at 0830 hour today over east central Arabian sea near latitude 13.0 degree North and longitude 70.5 deg East, about 470 km west of Mangalore, 470 km southwest of Goa and 700 km south-southwest of Mumbai, the Colaba Weather Bureau said.

"The system is likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm and move in northerly direction for some time and then north-northeastwards and cross south Gujarat and North Konkan between Mahuva and Dahanu by early hours of November 12," Deputy Director General of India Meteorological Department R V Sharma said.

Under its influence, heavy to very heavy rainfall at few places and isolated and extreme rainfall is likely to occur over Konkan and Goa and Central Maharashtra during the next two days, he said.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in coastal Karnataka, Kerala and Lakshadweep by tomorrow.

Over South Gujarat, rainfall at most places with scattered heavy to very heavy falls and extremely heavy falls are expected from tomorrow under the influence of the deep depression, Sharma added.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 23:40

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