The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday that the 'very severe' cyclonic storm Biparjoy is expected to intensify further in the next twenty-four hours while advancing in north-northeastwards direction.
"Very severe cyclonic storm Biparjoy at 2330 hrs IST of 9th June over east-central Arabian Sea near lat 16.0N & long 67.4E. Likely to intensify further & move north-northeastwards during the next 24hrs," IMD said in a tweet.
VSCS BIPARJOY at 2330 hrs IST of 09th June over eastcentral Arabian Sea near lat 16.0N & long 67.4E. Likely to intensify further & move north-northeastwards during next 24hrs. for details visit: https://t.co/EGetkpfIzS pic.twitter.com/gzIdXrzhGT— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) June 9, 2023
In anticipation of Cyclone Biparjoy, high waves have been observed at Gujarat's Tithal Beach in Valsad on the Arabian Sea coast.
Consequently, as a pre-emptive measure, the beach has been closed to tourists until June 14.
#WATCH | Gujarat: High waves are seen at Tithal beach of Valsad ahead of Cyclone Biparjoy.— ANI (@ANI) June 10, 2023
Tithal Beach was closed for tourists as a precautionary measure by the Valsad administration following the cyclone Biparjoy warning (9/06) pic.twitter.com/TSvQfaiezv
According to the Tehsildar of Valsad, TC Patel, "We told the fishermen not to venture into the sea and they all have come back. People will be shifted to the village at the seashore if needed. Shelters have been made for them. We have closed Tithal Beach for tourists till June 14,"
Earlier, with Cyclone Biparjoy forecast to be intensified in the next 36 hours, the weather department has also advised fishermen not to venture into the seas off the coast of Kerala, Karnataka, and Lakshadweep.
The districts in Kerala where the yellow alert is issued on Friday are Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Kozhikode, and Kannur.