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Storm may hit west coast due to ‘Gulaab’ post effect: IMD

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Cyclone Gulab, India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said, may weaken into a deep depression on Tuesday. This storm made its knock in Andhra Pradesh on Monday. At the same time, there is news that by the end of the week it can turn into a new cyclone.

The cyclonic storm is very likely to intensify into a well-marked low pressure area on Tuesday and emerge over northeast Arabian Sea and Gujarat coast around Thursday. Officials said it is likely to intensify on Friday, triggering Cyclone ‘Shaheen’ in the region.

Sunita Devi, in-charge of cyclones at IMD explained, “Though the chances are low, still we cannot rule out the possibility of it intensifying into a cyclone. The low pressure area (remnants of the rose) will move westwards over central India, bringing a lot of rain over the region. It will cross Maharashtra and Gujarat as a low pressure system.

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He said that due to the arrival of moisture from the Arabian Sea, the system will come to life again. Rapid intensification of the low pressure system cannot be ruled out as the ocean and atmospheric conditions are favourable. The cyclone or depression will move towards northern parts of Arabian Sea”. With the support of the system, the winds are very likely to intensify over the west coast in the next two to three days. The Meteorological Department said that the Monsoon Trough is currently lying to the south of its normal position and it is likely to persist for the next four to five days.

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