Cyclonic storm warning issued, heavy rainfall expected in Goa
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Thursday issued a warning and said that a low-pressure area formed over the Arabian Sea is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by May 16, which may bring heavy rainfall at some places in Goa and the south Konkan region. "A low-pressure area has formed over the southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area today," it added.
Storm likely to reach near Gujarat coast by May 18
"It is very likely to become well-marked over Lakshadweep area by Friday morning. It will concentrate into a depression over the same region by Saturday morning and intensify into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours," IMD said. It is very likely to intensify further and reach near the Gujarat coast around May 18 evening. It will also move toward adjoining Pakistan coasts.
Here is what IMD considers as heavy rainfall
According to the department, 64.5 mm to 115.5 mm rainfall in 24 hours is considered heavy, while precipitation between 115.6 mm to 204.4 mm in 24 hours is termed as very heavy rainfall.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall expected over Saurashtra, Kutch
Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts form the south Konkan region of Maharashtra. Gujarat coast would receive rainfall from May 17 onwards. The intensity is expected to escalate during subsequent days with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places over Saurashtra and Kutch on May 18 and isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall over Kutch and adjoining southwest Rajasthan on May 19.
Rains would be accompanied by gusty winds
As the region is going to be affected by cyclone storms, the rains would be accompanied by gusty winds with a speed ranging from 50 kilometers per hour to 80 kilometers per hour in the next five-six days.