Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday issued a warning and said that a low-pressure area is developing over the Arabian sea and will intensify into a cyclonic storm “Nisarga” in the next 48 hours.

In a statement, the weather department said that the cyclonic storm will hit the parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat on June 3.   

“The low-pressure area over Arabian Sea to intensify into Cyclonic Storm during next 48-hours. It would reach near north Maharashtra and south Gujarat coasts around 3rd June morning,” the IMD said.

It has also advised hoisting of "distant cautionary (DC)-1" storm warning signals at all ports on north and south Gujarat coasts, as the sea condition was very likely to be "rough to very rough," with wind speed reaching 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 mph by June 4.

The storm will likely cause heavy rainfalls in Lakshadweep, Kerala and coastal Karnataka on May 31 and June 1 while extremely heavy rainfall is predicted for south Gujarat, north Konkan, Madhya Maharashtra, Daman, Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli on June 3 and 4.  

“We are expecting rapid intensification of the cyclone, once formed because sea surface temperature is high, wind shear is low and ocean heat potential is also high. We want the state governments to be alert. But we cannot give the intensity of the cyclone now because models may not be able to simulate accurately immediately. We will give details as soon as possible,” it said.

The IMD said that fishermen are also advised not to venture into west central Arabian sea along and off south Oman and Yemen coasts during the next 24 hours due to depression over south coastal Oman and adjoining Yemen.

The warnings from the IMD comes days after cyclone Amphan wreaked havoc in West Bengal, claiming the lives of 98 people.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma