The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said the severe cyclonic storm ‘Maha’ is very likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm over east-central Arabian Sea during next 24 hours. The IMD has also predicted light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places in Lakshadweep during the next 24 hours. Heavy rain lashed the island on Thursday.
The IMD has warned of strong winds with speed reaching at least 100-110 km per hour over the east-central Arabian Sea and in the Lakshadweep area because of Cyclone Maha. It has also warned the fishermen to remain off the sea and coasts.
There are possibilities of light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places very likely over Kerala, coastal Karnataka and south Tamil Nadu in the next 24 hours. The IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall over coastal Karnataka for the next 24 hours. Fishermen have been advised to not venture into the southeast Arabian Sea along and off Karnataka-Goa-Maharashtra coasts.
Maha over eastcentral Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area moved north-northwestwards with a speed of 17 kmph during past 6 hours and lay centered over eastcentral Arabian Sea about 300 km north of Cheriapani Reef (Lakshadweep), 400 km north-northwest of Aminidivi (Lakshadweep) and 390 km west-northwest of Mangaluru (Karnataka).
Residents of Kerala can expect heavy to very heavy rainfall today due to the influence of Cyclone Maha in the Arabian Sea. Under the influence of the severe cyclonic storm Maha, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely over south Tamil Nadu on Friday, according to the India Meteorological Department.
The skies over Mumbai are likely to be cloudy with the possibility of thunder, lightning and slight rain over the next 24 hours.