Alerts of Cyclone ‘ASHOBAA’, Monsoon deepens into country

Monday, Jun 8, 2015,21:18 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi/Hyderabad/Pune/Aurangabad/Srinagar | The cyclonic storm (ASHOBAA) over east central Arabian Sea remained stationary and lay centred at 1130 hrs today near latitude 17.9 0 North and longitude 67.2 0 East, about 590 km west-southwest of Mumbai.
A bulletin issued by India Meteorological Department (IMD) said, it would move initially north-northwestwards and intensify further into a ”severe cyclonic storm” during the  next 36 hours.
Under the influence of this system, rainfall would occur at most places with isolated heavy falls over coastal Karnataka, Konkan & Goa and south Gujarat during the next 24 hours.
Sea conditions would be very rough as strong winds speed reaching 70-80 kmph exceeding to 90 kmph would prevail along and off Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra coasts during the next 24 hours and 90-100 kmph gusting to 120 kmph during subsequent 24 hours.
Fishermen along and off Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts are advised not to venture into the sea during next 48 hours. Fishermen out at open sea are advised to return to the coast, the bulletin said.
The Hyderabad Met department report stated that heavy rain would occur at isolated places in the districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Kurnool and Guntur of Coastal AP and in isolated places in the districts of Anantapur, Karimnagar, Kadapa and Chittoor of Rayalaseema during next 24 hours.
Weather observations indicated that rain occurred at a few places over Coastal Andhra Pradesh and at isolated places over Rayalaseema namely at Pusapatirega ( Vizianagaram Dist) 11 cm, Vizianagaram (Vizianagaram Dist) 10 cm, Ranastalam (Srikakulam Dist) 9 cm, Visakhapatnam ( Vishakhapatnam Dist) 9 cm.
The highest Maximum Temperature of 39 deg c was recorded at Nellore, Anantapur and Tirupati, the bulletin added.
Another report from Hyderabad Met officials said today, that due to the influence of trough of low pressure, heavy rain would occur at isolated places in the districts of Adilabad, Nizamabad and Khammam in Telangana during the next 24 hours.
Observations recorded till 0830 hrs today indicated rain occurred at isolated places over Telangana.
Chief amounts of rainfall recorded last 24 hours in cm are (name of districts in brackets) Achampeta (Mahbubnagar) 5, Nagar Kurnool ( Mahbubnagar) 4, Nawabpet (Rangareddy) 4, and Pargi (Rangareddy) 3.
The highest maximum temperature of 42 deg Celsius was recorded at Adilabad, Met department said.
A report from Nagpur suggested that Pre-monsoon showers have brought some respite for the people of the Vidarbha region who were reeling under the scorching heat. On Saturday, the Nagpur city received 5.9 mm rainfall, resulting in the fall of minimum temperature, local Met department said today.
Yesterday, light to rather heavy rainfall were received throughout the day at isolated places in eastern parts of Vidarbha, while the dry weather prevailed over the western parts of the region. Akola recorded the highest maximum temperature in the region at 42.7 degrees Celsius, while Washim recorded the lowest at 38 degrees Celsius yesterday.
Aurangabad Met department informed that at least five people were killed following heavy rains with gusty winds and lightning in Marathwada region yesterday. The heavy rain lashed Aurangabad, Jalna, Nanded, Hingoli, Parbhani, Latur, Osmanabad and Beed district. Met officials forecasted that more rains will hit the region as well as the state in the next 24 hours. Chikalthana weather office recorded 6.4 mm rainfall till last night.
The Pune Met Department report stated that southwest Monsoon has advanced into Goa, some parts of south Konkan, remaining parts of coastal Karnataka and some more parts of south interior Karnataka.
Also, conditions are favourable for further advance of southwest monsoon into remaining parts of Tamil Nadu, some parts of Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra Pradesh as well as some more parts of central Bay of Bengal during next 48 hours.
Heavy rain would occur at isolated places over Arunachal Pradesh, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, south Gujarat, Konkan, Goa, coastal Karnataka, Kerala and Lakshadweep during the period.
Heat wave conditions would prevail at isolated places over Jharkhand, Bihar, Rajasthan and south Uttar Pradesh during next 24 hours.
The highest maximum temperature of 45.6 degree Celsius has been recorded at Banda (east Uttar Pradesh) in the plains of the country.
Rain or thundershowers had occurred at most places in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Kerala and Lakshadweep. They had occurred at many places in Konkan, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Marathwada and coastal Karnataka, and at a few places in Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim and coastal Andhra Pradesh.
People of the Kashmir valley,after wet and cloudy weather during the past about a week, had a sigh of relief after bright sunshine. Met spokesman said the summer capital, Srinagar, recorded 14.7 degrees celsius minimum temperature which was about two notches above normal though there was 2.8 mm rainfall. However, there was further increase in the mercury at Leh as against 6.8 degree minimum temperature at Leh recorded on the night of June 6 it was 8.4 degree last night while at Kargil against  7.2 degree C on the night of June 6 it was 6.8 degree celsius.
Light vehicles will ply from both sides while heavy vehicles will continue to operate one way only on the national highway, linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country. Only one-way traffic was being allowed on the highway for the past five months due to major damage caused to road at several places following landslides and soil erosion. Since yesterday, two-way traffic for light vehicles was allowed for the first time.

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