Cyclone Nisarga has hit the south of Alibaug which is nearly 50 km away from the city of Mumbai, witnessing heavy rain and gusting winds with a speed of 120 to 140 kmph. Mumbai, the financial capital of India, worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic with over 41,000 cases reported so far; currently, the city, its suburbs, and its neighboring district is currently under high alert due to the cyclone storm nisarga.
The weather bureau Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had informed earlier that Cyclone Nisarga is expected to make landfall very close to Alibaug between 12 pm and 3 pm. However, IMD on June 3 revised its forecast and said Cyclone Nisarga is now likely to make landfall between 1 pm and 4 pm just south of Alibaug, a resort town in Maharashtra’s Raigad district.
As per the latest report, cyclone Nisarga is now 130 km south-southwest of Alibaug, 175 km south-southwest of Mumbai, and 400 km south-southwest of Surat.
The officials also had stated that the severe cyclonic storm Nisarga would intensify with a wind speed of 100 to 110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph.
Reports said that the diameter of the eye of the storm has decreased in the past hour and is currently about 65 km. This indicates an intensification of the weather system, wherein the wind speed has increased from 85-95 kmph to 90-100 kmph (gusting to 110kmph).
The latest report also shows that thousands of people, including some coronavirus patients, have been evacuated from Maharashtra coastal areas, including Mumbai city. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had also issued a set of Do’s and Don’ts to be taken care of by Mumbaikars amid cyclone nisarga.
IMD’s Mumbai deputy director-general of meteorology K S Hosalikar said, “it is likely to cross with an intensity of a severe cyclonic storm close to the south of Alibaug.” As per the reports, Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar will be hit with winds of up to 100 kmph to 110 kmph.
National Disaster Management Authority stated that they are expecting damage to houses, trees, electric pole, and others due to the cyclone. The Mumbai police have also banned vehicular movement on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
The Railways has rescheduled several trains that were supposed to arrive or depart from Mumbai. It was earlier informed that out of 50, only 19 flights, including 11 departures and eight arrivals, will be operating from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA). However, considering the situation, CSMIA has informed that no flight will take-off or land from Mumbai on June 3 till 7 pm.
The latest updates from IMD say that the landfall process will be completed in an hour and the storm is likely to move towards the northeastern direction. The Raigad district magistrate Nidhi Choudhari, said that mobile networks in some parts of the district have been disrupted.