NEW DELHI, June 12 (Net) — The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Sunday issued a warning to fishermen along the western coast not to venture into the Arabian Sea till Thursday as the cyclonic storm Biparjoy intensified into an “extremely severe cyclonic storm.”
Biparjoy is expected to cross coasts along the western state of Gujarat on June 15.
Announcing the total suspension of fishing operations over eastcentral and adjoining westcentral Arabian Sea till June 15, the IMD advised the fishermen not to venture into the seas till Thursday and those out at sea to return to the coast immediately.
According to the IMD, the extremely severe cyclonic storm is very likely to move nearly northward till the morning of June 14, then move north-northeast wards and cross Saurashtra and Kutch areas of India and adjoining parts of the neighboring country around noon of June 15 as a very severe cyclonic storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 125-135 kilometers per hour (kmph) gusting to 150 kmph.
In a forecast for the next five days, the IMD stated that squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is likely over adjoining areas of west-central Arabian Sea.