As per the IMD, the 1st cyclonic storm of 2021 'Tauktee' could be forming as a low-pressure area over the southeast Arabian Sea around May 14. It is likely to intensify gradually into a cyclonic storm over the east-central Arabian Sea around May 16.

The storm will continue to move north-northwestwards after May 16. 'Tauktae' meaning gecko (named by Myanmar)  may cross the north Gujarat or Kutch area on May 20.

   

First cyclone of 2021 likely to form over Arabian Sea on May 16

WHAT?

As per the IMD, the first cyclonic storm of 2021 could be forming as a low-pressure area over the southeast Arabian Sea around May 14. It is likely to intensify gradually into a cyclonic storm over the east-central Arabian Sea around May 16.

HOW?

“We can indicate landfall only once the low-pressure area forms. The message now is mainly to ensure fishermen on the west coast come back by May 14 because the sea will be rough. We are expecting severe weather and heavy rainfall around Lakshadweep, Kerala, coastal Karnataka, ghat areas of Tamil Nadu and parts of Maharashtra following the formation of low-pressure areas,” added Devi.

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Normally one or two cyclones form over the North India Ocean during the pre-monsoon season in April and May. This time no cyclone formed in April but a depression had formed over the south Andaman Sea last month.