The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert, predicting heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places, for the next three days till June 3 due to a low pressure area formation over southeast and adjoining east central Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep area.
An orange alert by the IMD means “be prepared to face any situation arising out of severe weather”.
“The state will get isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall on June 1. Light to moderate rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls is likely over Konkan and Goa on June 2 and June 3,” stated the weather bulletin.
Moreover, a yellow alert, suggesting isolated heavy rainfall, has also been issued for June 4, with expected rainfall ranging between 64.5-115.5 mm.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into southeast Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep area and along and off Kerala coast till June 2. They have been advised not to venture also into east central Arabian Sea and along and off Karnataka coast till June 3 and into the east central Arabian Sea along and off Maharashtra coast and northeast Arabian Sea along and off Gujarat coast on June 3 and 4, as the sea condition will be rough.
“Strong winds with speed reaching 40-50 kmph, gusting to 65 kmph, are likely to prevail over the southeast and adjoining east central Arabian Sea,” the IMD said.
According to IMD, this weather system is very likely to concentrate into a depression over east central and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea during the next 24 hours and likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours. However, it is very likely to move nearly northwards and reach near north Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts by June 3.
According to the IMD, regions with orange alert will experience localised flooding of roads, waterlogging in low-lying areas and informal settlements. The heavy rain could also lead to localised mudslides and power failure.
The weather department has also warned of damage to vulnerable structures, uprooting of weak trees owing to heavy winds and disruption of traffic flow due to waterlogging on roads, leading to increased travel time.