Severe cyclone Maha to cross Gujarat coast on Nov 7

Cyclone Maha

New Delhi (NVI): The “very severe” cyclonic storm Maha which weakened into a “severe” cyclonic storm over the east-central and adjoining northeast Arabian Sea is expected to cross Gujarat coast around Diu as a deep depression on November 7. 

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in a statement said the cyclone Maha is very likely to move nearly eastwards and weaken into a Cyclonic Storm November 6 evening. 

“Thereafter it is likely to move east-northeastwards and weaken further into a deep depression by November 7 over northeast and adjoining eastcentral Arabian Sea. It is very likely to skirt Saurashtra coast and lie centred about 40 kilometres south of Diu as a deep depression, said IMD.  

IMD also informed that continuing to move east-northeastwards, cyclone Maha would further weaken into a depression by Nov 7 evening.

IMD issued light to moderate rainfall warning over Saurashtra and Gujarat region during next 24 hrs, and isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall over Bhavnagar, Surat, Bharuch, Anand, and Vadodara. While heavy rainfall over Botad and Ahmedabad on November 7. 

Meanwhile, IMD informed that the depression over eastcentral & adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal and North Andaman Sea moved northwestwards in the past 24 hours and intensified into a deep depression on Nov 6. 

“It is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 24 hours. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards for some more time and then northnorthwestwards, towards West Bengal & adjoining north Odisha and Bangladesh coasts,” IMD added.

Light to moderate rainfall is expected over Andaman and Nicobar Islands during next 24 hours and over north coastal districts of Odisha from Nov 9-10. Whereas, West Bengal is likely to have light to moderate rainfall with heavy falls over coastal districts from Nov 10-11, said IMD. 

Fishermen are advised not to venture into westcentral and adjoining northwest Arabian Sea during next 12 hours and into north Andaman Sea and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours. 

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