After Cyclone Gulab, now Cyclone Shaheen is also becoming active. Cyclone Shaheen is likely to form over Northeast Arabian Sea today. According to the Meteorological Department, it is likely to turn into a severe cyclone in Gujarat tonight or early Saturday. Although Shaheen will not cross the Indian coast, but according to the India Meteorological Department, there is a possibility of heavy to very heavy rains tonight in Kutch and Saurashtra region of Gujarat.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that a low air pressure area over South Gujarat is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm. Also, the department has warned fishermen not to venture into the Arabian Sea off the state’s coast and suggested suspension of all fishing activities till October 3. The department has forecast heavy rains in many parts of South Gujarat and Saurashtra region on Wednesday and widespread rain in the state in the next two months.
According to the Meteorological Department, the pressure over Northeast Arabian Sea off Gujarat coast is about 255 km west-northwest of Devbhoomi Dwarka (Gujarat), 180 km south-southwest of Karachi (Pakistan) and Chabahar port (Iran) on Thursday night. Turned into a deep depression at 660 km east-southeast. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards, emerge into north-east Arabian Sea and intensify into a cyclonic storm Shaheen during the next few hours.
This Shaheen storm can become a severe cyclonic storm with a speed of 90 to 100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph. It is expected to move west-northwest towards Pakistan-Makran coast and move away from Indian coast. It is a matter of relief that this storm will not hit the Indian coast. However, it will have an impact on the weather in the state and there may be a lot of rain.
According to the Meteorological Department, there is a possibility of heavy to very heavy rain at some places in Saurashtra and Kutch during the next 12 hours. It is believed that when the storm of Shaheen will take effect, the wind will blow at a speed of 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph near northeast Arabian Sea and south Gujarat coast.
In a recent forecast, the IMD has said that very heavy rains are very likely to occur in Amreli, Bhavnagar, Rajkot districts of Saurashtra and in Anand, Bharuch and others. It said that light, moderate to heavy rains may occur at few places over Saurashtra and Kutch in Gujarat and very heavy at isolated places. Along with this, other areas of Gujarat, Daman Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli are likely to receive torrential rains and at some places heavy rains. There is a possibility of heavy rain at isolated places over North Konkan. Here, a low pressure area remains over South Bihar and adjoining Jharkhand. Due to this, rain may also occur in Bihar and Jharkhand.