In a span of two weeks, the Indian coast is bracing for yet another cyclone, this time along the west.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) has turned on its cyclone-watch over a low pressure system that formed on Sunday. It presently lies over the Southeast and east-central Arabian Sea, just off north-Kerala and Karnataka coast as on Sunday afternoon.
Cyclone Amphan, formed in the Bay of Bengal, had hit West Bengal and Bangladesh on May 20.
“The low pressure is likely to concentrate into a depression over the next 24 hours and most likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by Tuesday,” the latest bulletin issued by IMD read.
If realised, the storm is expected to traverse northwards till June 2 and later recurve in the northeast direction and inch closer to the west coast. It is expected to reach north Maharashtra and Gujarat, IMD officials said, and cause rainfall around June 3.
“Under the influence of this system, moderate to heavy rainfall is expected over Karnataka, Goa, south Maharashtra and Konkan till June 3,” said a senior official from IMD, Pune.