Cyclone Nisarga likely to intensify into severe cyclonic storm in 24 hours: IMD

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Mumbai: Cyclone Nisarga will intensify into a severe cyclonic storm within 24 hours, the India Meteorological Department on Tuesday said.

The IMD said in a statement said it is very likely to move nearly northwards during the next 6 hours and recurve north-northeastwards thereafter, and cross north Maharashtra and adjoining south Gujarat coast between Harihareshwar (Raigad, Maharashtra) and Daman during the afternoon of June 3.

SN Pradhan, the Director-General of NDRF, said a team has already been deployed in Maharashtra. The IMD said that the depression will intensify into a ‘deep depression’ by this afternoon and intensify further into a cyclonic storm over East-central Arabian Sea during the next 12 hours.

The depression over East-central Arabian Sea lay near latitude 14.4°North and longitude 71.2°East about 300 kms west-southwest of Panjim, 550 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 770 km south-southwest of Surat, the IMD said.

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