“Mekunu” – Severe Cyclonic Storm over southwest Arabian Sea

The Deep Depression over southwest Arabian Sea (AS) moved north-northwestwards and intensified into a Cyclonic Storm “Mekunu” at 1730 hours IST of yesterday, the 23rd May. It further intensified into a Severe Cyclonic Storm and lay centered at 0830 hrs IST of 23rd May2018 over southwest Arabian Sea near latitude 11.20N and longitude 55.90E, about 270 km southeast of Socotra Islands and 670 km south-southeast of Salalah (Oman).It is very likely to intensify further into a Very Severe Cyclonic storm during next 24 hours. It is very likely to move north-northwestwards and cross south Oman – southeast Yemen coasts as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm between 530E and 550E close to Salalah, around 26th May,2018 morning.

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As the system is expected to move away from Indian coast, no adverse weather isexpected along & off west coast of India and Lakshadweep.
(i) Wind warning:
Gale winds speed reaching 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph is prevailing over southwest and adjoining westcentral Arabian Sea. It would gradually increase and become 120-130 kmph
gusting to 145 kmph by 24
th May morning. The wind speed will gradually increase over west
central Arabian Sea off south Oman- south east Yemen coasts with the increase in intensity of the system during 23 rd to 26th May. The maximum wind speed of 150-160 kmph gusting to 180 kmph likely to commence over West Central Arabian Sea from 25th evening.
(ii) Sea condition:
Sea condition is high over southwest and adjoining West Central Arabian Sea and will become very high by 23rd evening. It would become phenomenal from 24th morning onwards over West
Central Arabian Sea.
(iii) Fishermen Warning
Fishermen are advised not to venture into southwest Arabian Sea till 24th May and into westcentral Arabian Sea during 23rd-26th May

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