Depression over Arabian sea: High wave alert issued for Karnataka, Kerala coasts

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Depression over Arabian sea: High wave alert issued for Karnataka, Kerala coasts

The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a high wave alert after satellite images and surface observations indicated that a depression has formed over south-east and east-central Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep. The depression is likely to intensify further into a deep depression in the next six hours and into a cyclonic storm in the subsequent 24 hours. It is likely to move north-northwestwards over the next 72 hours.

The IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in Kerala over the next few days, till June 13. In a joint statement with the Indian National Centre For Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), the IMD has also predicted high waves (around 3.5-4.4 meters) from 10.30 am on June 10 to 11.30 pm on June 11, along the coast of Kerala from Pozhiyoor to Kasargod.

For Karnataka, the IMD has predicted widespread rainfall with heavy rain in isolated places in coastal Karnataka, while south interior Karnataka will witness fairly widespread rainfall with heavy falls at isolated places till June 11 and then rainfall in a few places till June 13. INCOIS has predicted high waves (3.5-4.5 meters) from 10.30 am on June 10 to 11.30 pm on June 11 along the coast of Karnataka from Mangalore to Karwar. 

A high wave and heavy rainfall alert has also been sent to the states of Goa and Maharashtra and the Union Territory of Lakshadweep.

The IMD and the NDMA have cautioned fishermen from venturing into the south-east Arabian Sea along the coasts of Lakshadweep, as well as off the coasts of Kerala and Karnataka on June 10 and 11.

“Strong wind speed reaching 35-45 kmph gusting to 55 kmph very likely to prevail over south-east and adjoining Lakshadweep and east-central Arabian Sea, Kerala & Karnataka Coasts on 09th June 2019 and very likely to become 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph on 10th June 2019. Sea conditions are very likely to be rough over the above areas. Fishermen are advised not to venture into above sea areas during the same period,” an IMD release stated.