Port Blair, May 13: The recent weather forecast indicates low pressure area over south west of Andaman Sea and adjoining areas in Bay of Bengal. It is likely to intensify further during subsequent 24 hours and is likely to become well marked deep depression moving North-Northwestwards initially and then North Northeastwards along and off Andaman & Nicobar Islands. System may further intensify into a cyclonic storm/severe cyclonic storm as it moves further over north west Andaman sea from 15 to 18 May 20. Under its influence, heavy rain, squally winds gusting upto 30-35 knots and very rough sea conditions are likely to remain over Andaman sea upto 18 May 20.

The Indian Coast Guard has shared the weather information with civil administration including fisheries authorities. The Coast Guard Stations at various locations in A & N Region, in coordination with local fisheries authorities, are sensitizing the fishing community on persisting rough seas/inclement weather at sea and urging the fishermen to refrain from moving out to sea till 18 May 20. The Coast Guard vessels on deployment are sensitizing fishermen at sea and guiding them to return harbour. All Coast Guard establishments and ships in A & N Region have been alerted and directed to maintain highest state of preparedness to meet any contingency.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea till 18 May 20. For any emergency/assistance at sea, call Coast Guard SAR Agency at Toll Free number 1554.