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Deep depression over Arabian Sea likely to intensify into cyclone: IMD

The depression over eastcentral Arabian Sea has intensified into a deep depression and is likely to turn into a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said this morning.
 
A bulletin from IMD said the deep depression had moved north-northwestwards and lay centred at 0530 hours IST of today near latitude 17.50 N and longitude 67.50 E, about 590 km west-southwest of Mumbai, 480 km south-southwest of Veraval in Gujarat and 970 km east-southeast of Masirah Island (Oman). 
 
"It would move northnorthwestwards and intensify further into a cyclonic storm during next 24 hrs," the bulletin said.
 
Under the influence of this system, rainfall would occur at most places, with isolated heavy falls, over coastal Karnataka and Konkan and Goa during the next 48 hours, it said.
 
Strong winds speed reaching 60-70 kmph, gusting to 80 kmph, would prevail along and off the Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra coasts during the next 24 hours and 80-90 kmph, gusting to 105 kmph, during the subsequent 24 hours, it said.
 
The bulletin said sea conditions would be very rough to high along and off the Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra coasts during the next 48 hours.
 
Fishermen along and off the Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra coasts are advised not to venture into the sea during the next 48 hours. Fishermen out at sea are advised to return to the coast, the bulletin added.
 
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