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IMD rules out any major impact of cyclone on Goa coast


Devdiscourse News Desk panaji India
Updated: 10-10-2018 23:12 IST
IMD rules out any major impact of cyclone on Goa coast

The cyclonic storm is far away from the state coast, therefore, it will not have any major impact on Goa, M L Sahu, director, IMD Goa Observatory, said. (Image Credit: Twitter)

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Wednesday that cyclonic storm 'Luban' which has developed over the Arabian Sea will not have a major impact on Goa coast, barring thundershowers and a rise in water levels.

The cyclonic storm is far away from the state coast, therefore, it will not have any major impact on Goa, M L Sahu, director, IMD Goa Observatory, said.

"Indirect impact in the form of thundershowers, lightning and rise in water levels along the shore may be seen in the next few days, he said.

Goa is already witnessing thundershowers and lightning for the last two days due to Luban, he said.

The IMD has asked fishermen to avoid venturing into the sea as "squally winds" are likely over Lakshadweep and Southeast Arabian Sea during the next 24 hours.

Cyclonic storm Luban was approaching Yemen and South Oman coasts for a landfall over the next four days, while cyclonic storm Titli, which has developed over the Bay of Bengal, is expected to reach the Odisha coast by Thursday, the IMD had said Tuesday.

The water levels rose at Goa beaches Wednesday afternoon.

"Many beach shacks (outlets selling food and other items) were partially under water for some time," a tourism department official said.

Shack owners have been asked to be on alert, he said.

The tourist season has begun in Goa with the first chartered flight -- booked by overseas tourists especially for the coastal state -- arriving last week.

(With inputs from agencies.)

COUNTRY : India

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