The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has recently issued a cautionary advisory for fishermen operating along and off the Andhra Pradesh coast, prompted by the formation of a low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal. Forecasts indicate an escalation in wind speeds beginning today.
According to MD Sunanda of IMD Visakhapatnam, the current low-pressure area is expected to intensify into a depression in the west-central Bay of Bengal. Consequently, heightened wind speeds are anticipated along and off the Andhra Pradesh coast on November 15 and 16. In light of this, fishermen are strongly advised to refrain from venturing into the sea starting from Wednesday onwards.
In addition to the wind warnings, the IMD has outlined specific areas where fishermen should exercise caution, including the Southeast and adjoining East Central Bay of Bengal, Andaman Sea, Southwest Bay of Bengal, West Central Bay of Bengal, Northwest Bay of Bengal, and along and off the Odisha, West Bengal, and Bangladesh coasts during specific time frames.
The meteorological department also predicts light to moderate rain or thundershowers at various locations, with a focus on Rayalaseema today. Tomorrow, the forecast suggests similar conditions, with light to moderate rain likely at one or two places over the North and south coast of Andhra Pradesh, Yanam, and Rayalaseema.
Furthermore, IMD’s advisory extends to the formation of a low-pressure area over the Andaman Sea, likely intensifying into a deep depression, causing heavy rainfall in parts of Odisha on November 16. Sunanda emphasizes that the system’s trajectory is expected to move west-north-westwards, intensifying into a depression over the West-Central Bay of Bengal on November 15, eventually reaching the northwest bay of Bengal off the Odisha coast by November 17.
Given the potential impacts of this weather system, the IMD strongly urges fishermen to avoid venturing into the sea from November 15 to November 17, pending further notice. It is essential for individuals and communities to stay informed and adhere to the provided advisories to ensure safety in the face of changing weather conditions.