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Lakshadweep Islands: Cyclonic storm building over Arabian Sea, says Met dept by Jayashree Nandi June 10,2019   |  Source: Hindustan Times

A low-pressure area was on Sunday formed over the south-east Arabian Sea adjoining Lakshadweep that could stall the monsoon advancement a day after it hit Kerala, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. It is likely to intensify into a depression in the next two days over south-east and adjoining east-central Arabian Sea. Thereafter, it is likely to move north-northwestwards and intensify into a cyclonic storm after a day, the IMD said.

The low pressure area is likely to sap moisture and stall monsoon advancement to the rest of Peninsular India in the next week. Farmers in parts of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana will have to delay sowing to factor in the slowdown in monsoon advancement. “If the low-pressure system moves north-westwards, then the monsoon will weaken. In that case, delay in sowing is advisable. If there is no rain after sowing, then the seeds will go bad. Dry crops like sorghum can be sown if there is a forecast for rain in the next couple of days after sowing,” said IMD’s senior scientist K K Singh. Under the influence of this low-pressure system, IMD is expecting strong winds gusting to 55 kmph over south-east and adjoining Lakshadweep, east-central Arabian Sea, Kerala, and Karnataka coasts till June 10.

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