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IMD issues pre-cyclone watch for Gujarat coast

A deep depression over the Arabian Sea is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours and into a severe cyclonic storm in the subsequent 24 hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said this evening.
 
"It is likely to move north-northwestwards during the next 72 hours. It is very likely to cause adverse impact in terms of wind and rainfall over Saurashtra and Kutch mainly on 13th & 14th June, 2019," the IMD said, issuing a pre-cyclone watch for the Gujarat coast.
 
The bulletin issued by the IMD at 1700 hours today said the system lay centered near latitude 12.5°N and longitude 70.9°E over eastcentral and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep area, about 250 km northwest of Aminidivi (Lakshadweep), 760 km south-southwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra) and 930 km south-southeast of Veraval (Gujarat).
The bulletin said that, under the influence of the system, there would be widespread rainfall in Kerala, Lakshadweep, Karnataka, Konkan and Goa over the next four days.
 
It said there would be widespread rainfall in Gujarat from June 12-14, with heavy falls at isolated places.
 
On June 12, the wind speed is very likely to increase to 90-100 kmph, gusting to 115 kmph over eastcentral & adjoining northeast Arabian Sea. It is very likely to be 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over Gujarat coast from 12th morning and become 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph by 12th evening. It is very likely to be 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over Maharashtra coast.
 
On June 13, the wind speed is very likely to increase further to 110-120 kmph, gusting to 135 kmph, over north Arabian Sea. It is very likely to be 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph over Gujarat coast; and 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over north Maharashtra coast and northern parts of eastcentral Arabian Sea.
 
The sea condition is very likely to be rough to very rough in this part of Arabian Sea and fishermen have been advised to not venture into the sea during this period. Those out at sea have been advised to return to the coast.
 
"The system is under continuous surveillance and concerned state governments are being informed regularly," the bulletin added.
 
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