New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department has confirmed that the deep depression in Arabian Sea has intensified into cyclonic storm.
This will be the second cyclone to strike India in two weeks.
The storm – expected to have a wind speed of 100 km per hour, gusting up to 120 kmph – is “very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours,” the India Meteorological Department or IMD said this afternoon.
“It is very likely to move nearly northwards during next few hours, recurve north-northeastwards thereafter and cross north Maharashtra and adjoining south Gujarat coast between Harihareshwar and Daman, close to Alibag (Raigad District, Maharashtra) during the afternoon June 3 as a severe cyclonic storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph,” the IMD statement read.
More than 30 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Maharashtra and Gujarat.
A storm surge – as high as two metres above the astronomical tide – will inundate the low-lying coastal areas of Mumbai, Thane and Raigad districts during the landfall, the weather department has said.
Fishermen have been asked to come back from the sea and respective district collectors have been asked to ensure there is no loss of life.