New Delhi, May 17: An alert has been issued at the ports of Gujarat after private weather forecasting agency Skymet predicted that a deep depression in the Arabian Sea has intensified into a cyclone ‘Sagar’. It is the first cyclonic storm of the season to develop in the Indian waters. The cyclonic system is most likely to continue tracking westwards during the next 12 hours and then west-southwestwards in the subsequent 24 hours. Also Read - Alert Staffer at Ahmedabad Airport Finds Bag With USD 750, Returns it to Passenger

Sea conditions would remain rough to very rough. However, Skymet Weather would like to make it clear that the cyclone has got no bearing off and along the Indian West Coast. (ALSO READ: IMD Issues Fresh Thunderstorm And Hailstorm Warning For Delhi And Jammu & Kashmir) Also Read - AAP to Contest on All seats in Gujarat Assembly Election 2022; Kejriwal Says Things Will Change Now

But according to the meteorological department, cyclonic storm ‘Sagar’ which is building up near Yemen is less likely to have any significant impact on coastal Gujarat as it is moving towards the Gulf of Oman. Not taking any chance, the state administration has initiated precautionary measures that include hoisting of Distant Warning (DW) signal number 2 at all major ports along the Gujarat coast. Also Read - May Records 2nd Highest Rainfall in India in 121 Years; No Significant Heat Wave Spell

The meteorological department has also issued advisory asking fishermen not to enter the deep sea in view of adverse weather conditions. As per the warning-cum-advisory issued this afternoon by Met Centre here, the cyclonic storm is currently centered in the Gulf of Aden off Yemen coast in the Arabian sea and it is likely to “intensify further slightly during the next 12 hours”.

 “Fishermen are advised not to venture into the Gulf of Aden and adjoining areas of west-central and south-west of the Arabian Sea. Hoist signal DW-II at all the ports of the south and north Gujarat” it stated.

As per the latest projections, the storm is likely to move towards west-southwards in the next 24 hours, which effectively means that it will not leave any major impact on Gujarat coast, officials said.

 “This cyclonic storm is very far from us and it is going towards Gulf of Oman in the north. The possibility of ‘Sagar’ making any significant impact along the Gujarat coast is very less. There is no need to worry,” said Jayanta Sarkar, Director, Met Centre.

Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue department, Pankaj Kumar also said the storm would not affect Gujarat.  “Cyclonic Storm Sagar situated over the Gulf of Aden is not going to affect Gujarat. It is going further away from us,” Kumar said in a tweet today. However, the administration is leaving nothing to chance.

“Upon receiving the weather advisory, we have put our staff on alert mode. We have also asked fisheries officials to warn fishermen about the storm so that they don’t go towards the Gulf of Aden. Port officials are also in our contact and signal number 2 has been hoisted,” said MA Pandya, collector of coastal Porbandar district.

(With PTI inputs)