Fierce ‘Ashoba’ to hit India with deadly furry


New Delhi: After IMD’s forecast of a dry spell this year, the Ministry of Earth Science on Monday forecast a cyclonic storm Ashobaa to hit India’s western and southern coast.

The deep depression over east-central Arabian Sea further moved north-northwestwards and has intensified into a cyclonic storm Ashobaa at about 590 km south-west of Mumbai, it said. “It is further expected to move north-northwestwards to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during next 36 hours,” the ministry said in a statement.

Ashobaa would result in rainfall in most places with isolated heavy falls over coastal Karnataka, Konkan and Goa and south Gujarat during the next 24 hours.

Strong winds speed reaching 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph would prevail along and off Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra coasts during next 24 hours and 90-100 kmph gusting to 120 kmph during subsequent 24 hours.

“Sea condition would be very rough to high along and off Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra coasts during the next 48 hours,” the ministry said while warning fishermen along and off Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts not to venture into the sea during next 48 hours. Fishermen out at open sea are advised to return to the coast.

The cyclone in news being called Ashobaa- a name given by Sri Lanka. The tropical cyclones are given names to facilitate easy communication between forecasters and the general public regarding forecasts and warnings.