NEW DELHI : The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday issued a cyclone watch for Gujarat coast as Cyclone MAHA brewing in the Arabian Sea intensified into a 'Very Severe' cyclonic storm.

According to the weather department, it could cross Gujarat coast between Diu and Dwarka around the mid-night of November 6 or early morning on November 7. However, its intensity is likely to reduce to 'Severe' by then.

As on Sunday afternoon, the cyclone lies centered about 590 km west-southwest of Veraval (Gujarat), 630 km west-southwest of Diu and 590 km southwest of Porbandar.

It is moving further westwards in the east central Arabian Sea and is likely to continue to its movement west-northwestwards slowly till November 4. However, after that it could re-curve east-northeastwards and move rapidly towards Gujarat coast.

The current forecast suggests that it could weaken gradually November 5 onwards.

Winds of 100-110 Kmph gusting upto 120 Kmph could lash the coastal regions in Gujarat during the intervening night of November 6-7 along with heavy rainfall at a few places over Saurashtra and Gujarat region. Isolated heavy rains are also expected over Madhya Maharashtra and north Konkan during the same period.

The department has advised fishermen not to venture into sea along and off Gujarat coast and adjoining north Maharashtra coast from 5th– 6th November.

This is the second cyclone to have formed in the Arabian Sea this season, after the Super Cyclone Kyarr which eventually moved towards Oman.

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