IMD Update: The severe cyclonic storm ‘Nisarga’ over coastal Maharashtra moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 24 kmph during past six hours and weakened into a cyclonic storm. It lay centered at 4:30 pm about 70 km east-northeast of Alibag and 80 km east-southeast of Mumbai (Colaba) and 45 km northwest of Pune.
Skymet Weather’s Vice president Meteorology And climate Change Mahesh Palawat said that “Threat for Mumbai is almost over. Rains to continue until tonight but winds will not exceed 50 Kmph. Eye of Cyclone Nisarga has completed landfall. Process will get completed in next one hour.”
The cyclone that formed due to a low pressure area in the Arabian Sea comes at a time when the state with the highest number of coronavirus cases in India has been struggling to deal with an overburdened healthcare infrastructure. Any damage left in the wake of the cyclone will add more stress and could complicate the fight against COVID-19.
The Chief Minister asked the residents of Mumbai to be prepared to face possible power cuts as strong winds hit the city. He asked them to charge their gadgets and if possible, keep emergency lights handy.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday said that tropical cyclone Nisarga has headed for the Maharashtra coast, and is going to make landfall on June 3 close to Mumbai.
“Depression over east-central Arabian Sea lay near latitude 14.4deg N and longitude 71.2deg E about 300 km west-southwest of Panjim, 550 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 770 km south-southwest of Surat,” the IMD added.
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