New Delhi: In view of the severe cyclonic storm Maha, the India Meteorological Department has issued a weather alert stating that the storm would intensify further till the morning of November 5 before weakening gradually thereafter, according to news agency ANI.

Further, it is very likely to move west-northwestwards in the next 24 hours before re-curving east-northeastwards towards south Gujarat coast and moving rapidly thereafter, news agency ANI quoted IMD as saying.

Earlier, the MeT department officials had predicted that Cyclone Maha would make a landfall along the Gujarat coast on November 6. Ahead of this alert, a warning was issued to the fisher asking them to dock their fishing boats at the nearest port. Reports claimed that seven ships and two aircraft were deployed to issue the warning to the fishing boats.

On Monday, news agency ANI tweeted a list of IMD’s weather forecast warnings issued for November 6 and 7 in parts of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli in the light of extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Maha’. The IMD predicted light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places very likely over Saurashtra and Gujarat region for November 6, stated news agency ANI.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government has also issued a warning of heavy rainfall accompanied by thunder for North Konkan and North Central Maharashtra from November 6 to 8. The storm is expected to result in heavy to very heavy rains in Saurashtra and south Gujarat on November 6-7. Cyclone Maha was earlier predicted to recurve towards Gujarat coast on Monday as it moved towards Oman, a report quoted MeT officials as saying.