The Indian Coast Guard on Wednesday warned fishermen to return to port amid reports of cyclones building up in the Arabian Sea. Coastguard headquarters in Porbandar, Okha and stations in Gujarat have been put on high alert and on hold as the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) warns that Cyclone Gulab could re-intensify as Cyclone Shaheen in the next 24 hours.
In a video posted to social media, the Indian Coast Guard officer can be seen announcing and advising the fisherman at sea to return to port. “The message was also relayed via a land-based radar system to those deep in the sea,” PRO Defense Gujarat tweeted.
“The remnants of Cyclonic Storm Gulab presented as a well-marked area of low pressure over the southern region of Gujarat and the adjacent Gulf of Khambhat. It is very likely to move west to northwest. , emerges in the northeastern Arabian Sea and intensifies into a depression by tomorrow, “IMD said in its latest hurricane bulletin Wednesday.
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The weather agency added that the low is very likely to move further west-northwest and intensify into a cyclonic storm over the next 24 hours. In 48 hours, it will continue to move west-northwest near the Pakistani coast of Makran, away from the Indian coast.
While the Coast Guard urges fishermen and those at sea to return, IMD has maintained that the Arabian Sea surface temperature is around 28 to 30 degrees Celsius, which is ripe for the cyclonic formation. “Under these favorable conditions, there is a moderate to high probability of cyclogenesis (formation of a depression) over the northeastern Arabian Sea and neighboring areas with further intensification into a cyclonic storm from September 30 to 2 October.
Visakhapatnam: Villagers pass through a flood-affected area following heavy rains from Cyclone Gulab in Visakhapatnam. (Photo PTI)
The cyclone is building up from the remnants of Cyclone Gulab, which has already brought heavy to very heavy rains in parts of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra. KS Hosalikar, Senior Scientist at IMD Mumbai, said: “The remnants of Cyclone Gulab will continue to impact Marathwada, Madhya Maharashtra, Konkan, with few places receiving extremely heavy rainfall. The northern parts of Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra will also receive more showers on Wednesday. “
He added that as it heads towards the Arabian Sea and its effect on Maharashtra will diminish from Thursday.
Visakhapatnam: Boats parked at the fishing port as the Indian meteorological service restricted opportunities to venture out to sea due to Cyclone “Gulab” in Visakhapatnam. (Photo PTI)
Meanwhile, one of the main reasons the cyclone’s remnants gain energy is the availability of moisture in the air as it passes through the earth through Telangana. “As it approaches a sea it begins to recover energy from the humidity and there is always a possibility that it will reappear. [as a cyclone]”said Dr GK Das, director of the Calcutta Regional Meteorological Center. As the monsoon retreat is delayed this year, the moisture content is high, which is boosting the cyclone.