Mangaluru: The Indian Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert for the next three days (May 17-19) across coastal Karnataka and a red alert for May 18.
Monsoon has advanced into parts of the southwest Bay of Bengal, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and the Andaman Sea on Monday May 16, informed IMD. It is expected to move into parts of the southwest Bay of Bengal, the entire Andaman Sea, and the Andaman Islands, as well as some parts of the east-central Bay of Bengal in the next 2 to 3 days.
IMD officials informed that there is a north-south trough from Vidarbha and interior Karnataka from northeast Madhya Pradesh to north interior Tamil Nadu. A cyclonic circulation is also present along the coast of north Tamil Nadu in the southwest Bay of Bengal. There is also a cyclonic circulation over the Lakshadweep area and the adjoining southeast Arabian Sea. Dakshina Kannada has been given a rainfall warning of more than 100mm to 150mm. Fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea.
The heavy showers saw three evening flights were diverted to Hubballi, Cochin and Coimbatore from Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) on Monday May 16. While Muscat- Bengaluru – Mangaluru flight was diverted to Cochin after it took off from Kempegowda International Airport, the Bengaluru – Mangaluru flight was diverted to Coimbatore and another flight from Hubballi to Mangaluru was diverted back to the initial start point.