The Andaman and Nicobar Islands Administration on Saturday issued an advisory for fishermen appealing them not to venture into the sea during the period of the cyclone from March 19 to 22.
The step has been taken as a safety measure against the year's first cyclone Asani brewing over the Bay of Bengal.
"Fishermen are strongly advised not to venture into sea during the period of Cyclone Asani," the Andaman and Nicobar Administration tweeted on Saturday morning.
The weather forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had said that the low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal will become well-marked by March 20 morning and turn into a cyclonic storm on March 21.
It will then move along and off the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and reach the Bangladesh-north Myanmar coasts on March 22.
In view of the forecast, the Islands Administration has activated emergency control rooms.
Meanwhile, the IMD in a statement on Friday had said that the low-pressure area over the central parts of southeast Bay of Bengal moved east-northeastwards and lay centered at 8.30 am (IST) over the southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining south Andaman Seas and east Equatorial Indian Ocean.
It also predicted light to moderate rainfall or thundershower at most places of the Islands with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places on Saturday with squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kilometre per hour gusting to 65 kilometre per hour.