Met issues depression warning off Kerala coast, fishermen warned

Sergio Conner
March 13, 2018

The decision to issue the alert was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here, an official release said.

Wind speed over the Lakshadweep area and the adjoining southeast Arabian Sea is also predicted to gradually increase on Wednesday and Thursday, at 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph. All coastal taluk control rooms will work round the clock till March 15 and coastal relief shelters will be open.

The state government, still grappling with the aftermath of Cyclone Ockhi in November a year ago, took stock of the situation at a high-level meeting here and issued directives for contingency preparedness.

Alert Signal 3 raised in ports and harbours is indicative that a depression has formed and could affect the port. Surface winds are likely between 40 to 50 kmph and ports are likely to experience squalls. Surface winds will be in the range of 60 to 80 kmph, KSDMA member secretary and State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) head scientist Sekhar Kuriakose told TOI.

According to the India Meteorological department, low pressure area over equatorial Indian Ocean and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal and south Sri Lanka coast now lies as a well marked low pressure area over Equatorial Indian Ocean and adjoining south Sri Lanka and Maldives-Comorin area. The IMD has also warned of rough seas with waves likely to climb of up to 3 metre high.

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Kerala's chief secretary Paul Antony met different departmental heads Tuesday morning to review preparations.

It is very likely to move initially west-northwestwards and then northwestwards and concentrate into a depression over the southeast Arabian Sea (Maldives area) during the next 36 hours.

The sea will turn rough in this period and therefore fishermen have been warned from going out, IMD said.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall between Tuesday and Thursday (March 13 and March 15) in coastal areas of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and in Lakshadweep.

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