The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a cyclone warning to five coastal states Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, against a low-pressure intensifying into a cyclone by May 16.
IMD in their press release informed that “A low pressure area has formed over southeast Arabian Sea & adjoining Lakshadweep area today, the 13th May morning (0830 hrs IST). It is very likely to become well marked over Lakshadweep area by 14th morning, concentrate into a Depression over the same region by 15th morning and intensify into a Cyclonic Storm during the subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to intensify further and move north-northwestwards towards Gujarat and adjoining Pakistan coasts. It is likely to reach near Gujarat coast around 18th May evening”.
Sea condition over eastcentral Arabian Sea will be very rough to high on 15th May and High to very High on 16th May and over northeast Arabian Sea from 18th May. Sea conditions will be rough to very rough over Comorin area and along & off Kerala coast on 14th & 15th,
Very rough to High over east central Arabian Sea along & off Karnataka coast on 15th May and Maharashtra – Goa coasts on 15th & 16th May.
Consequently,the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has earmarked 53 teams to tackle possible after-effects of cyclone “Tauktae”
Fishermen out in the Deep Sea are advised to return to coast. The fishermen are advised not to venture into southeast Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep – Maldives areas from 13th May, east central Arabian Sea along & off Karnataka coast from 14th May, into eastcentral Arabian Sea and along & off Maharashtra – Goa coasts from 15th May and into eastcentral & adjoining northeast Arabian Sea along & off Gujarat coast from 17th May.
NDRF Director General S N informed that NDRF has earmarked 53 teams to tackle possible after- effects of Cyclone Tauktae that is developing in the ArabianSea. These teams are being deployed in the coastal regions of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Maharashtra.
With 53 teams ready to tackle possible after-effect of Cyclon, 24 teams are in pre-deployment, while 29 teams standby-ready.