Mumbai: Cyclone Nisarga intensified into a severe cyclonic storm on Wednesday morning, and is expected to cross the Maharashtra coast this afternoon.
This was informed by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
It is likely to cross north Maharashtra & adjoining south Gujarat coast between Harihareshwar and Daman with sustained wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph, said the IMD.
Mumbai and its metropolitan areas received rains since evening on Tuesday, which intensified later in the night, ahead of the expected landfall of Cyclone Nisarga in Alibaug in Maharashtra’s Raigad district.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast moderate rainfall in most parts of the metropolis and heavy to very heavy rainfall in isolated places over the next 24 hours.
The weather bureau said early on Wednesday that the cyclonic storm Nisarga lay centred over the east-central Arabian Sea about 280km west-northwest of Panjim in Goa, 250km south-southwest of Mumbai, 200km south-southwest of Alibagh in Maharashtra and 460km south-southwest of Gujarat’s Surat.
The severe cyclonic storm is very likely to maintain its cyclonic storm intensity for about six hours, while moving north-northeast wards across northcentral Maharashtra.
Under its influence, gale wind reaching 60-70kmph gusting to 80kmph very likely to prevail over Pune and Ahmadnagar and 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph adjoining Beed, Nashik and Aurangabad districts of Maharashtra.
Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places are also very likely over these districts today.