New Delhi: India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials have predicted a severe cyclonic storm named ‘Maha’ which is to bring more rains to Gujarat, stated a report. The state recently witnessed the effect of cyclone Kyarr on the occasion of Diwali.

It must be noted that cyclone Maha would result in heavy rainfall accompanied heavy winds to Gujarat from November 6 to November 8, according to the MeT officials. This cyclone will be the third ever to hit Gujarat and the western coast of India this monsoon which is quite unusual for the Arabian Sea, stated the Met department officials as per a report.

According to the regional director of IMD Jayanta Sarkar, cyclone Maha would be away from Gujarat for the next five days. Talking about cyclone Maha which is over the east-central Arabian Sea, Jayanta Sarkar, as quoted by a Times of India report, had said, “But November 6 morning onwards, it would re-curve towards the state. Between mornings of November 6 and 7, it would be southwest of Veraval coast either as a cyclonic or severe cyclonic storm.”

On October 31, the Indian Navy and the India Coast Guard assured that all possible precautionary measures are taken to ensure the safety of everyone ahead of the severe cyclonic storm Maha. In an official statement, the Indian Navy, as quoted by news agency ANI, said, “Deep depression over Maldives-Comorin areas has intensified into Cyclonic Storm Maha. Naval Officer-in-Charge Lakshadweep-Minicoy & INS Dweeprakshak at Kavaratti, are taking all precautions in coordination with Lakshadweep administration to ensure safety of all.”

Notably, on Thursday, the IMD had noted that cyclonic storm ‘Maha’ was centred near latitude 9.0°N and longitude 74.1°E over Lakshadweep and adjoining southeast the Arabian Sea and Maldives area. It was expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in a say over Lakshadweep area.