Cyclone Nisarga to hit Alibaug close to Mumbai at noon

ST Staff
Wednesday, 3 June 2020

The devastating cyclone Nisarga is all set to hit the city of Maharashtra today at noon

The devastating cyclone Nisarga is all set to hit the city of Maharashtra today at noon. The financial capital has already been put on high alert considering the intensity of the tropical storm. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the region having tranquil weather at the centre of the powerful tropical cyclones which is known as the eye of a storm has been apparently in a vision on the weather surveillance radar.

The Doppler Weather Radars (DWRs) positioned in Mumbai and Goa are responsible for keeping an eye on the movement of the cyclone, tracking and investigating constantly. “Eye diameter is about 65 km as observed through radar. thus the diameter has decreased during past 01 hours indicating intensification of the system. hence wind speed has increased from 85-95 kmph to 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph (sic)," IMD tweeted.

On Wednesday morning, cyclone Nisarga gaining intensity and power, transformed into a “severe cyclonic storm” is expected to move towards the coasts of Maharashtra and Gujarat and is all set to make landfall, this afternoon, in the city of dreams.

It’s been nearly two weeks since West Bengal has witnessed a trail of distress and humanitarian crisis left by the catastrophic tropical cyclone Amphan. This will be the second cyclone to hit India while it is still recovering from the destructive after-effects of Amphan. In recorded history of over 100 years, this is the first-ever cyclone to hit Mumbai in the month of June. The police officials issued prohibitory orders late at night stating not to permit people to enter public spots like parks, sea beaches and seafronts along the coastlines of Mumbai. They also added that anyone not following the orders will be subjected to serious repercussions.

DISTRICTS ON HIGH ALERT

A high alert has been emanated in areas of Maharashtra, Gujarat, districts of Daman and Dui and Nagar Haveli since parts of these particular states and territories come in between the pathway followed by the cyclone that evolved over the Arabian Sea over an area of low pressure.

With the cyclone expected to make a landfall at 100 km from the city accompanied by gusty winds with a speed of 110kmph and heavy rain. “The storm will cross Maharashtra coast between Harihareshwar and Daman, very close to Alibaug between 1 and 4 pm," Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director General of Meteorology, IMD, told news agency ANI. "It is 130 km south-southwest of Alibaug, 170 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 415 km south-southwest of Surat at 0730 hours IST of 03.06.2020," The Indian Meteorological Department stated in its morning report.

With the State being worst-hit by the novel coronavirus with more than 70,000 cases being reported, this upcoming crisis is a difficult and strenuous situation for the Maharashtra government. Around 19,000 people have been shifted to various secured places for protection. On Tuesday, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray requested everyone to remain at their homes and avoid stepping out. “The cyclone could be more severe than the ones the state has faced till now," he said.

On Tuesday, the regulator of civil aviation, Directorate General of Civil Aviation issued a cautionary message to the airlines while continuing with its operations during the monsoons with conditions of heavy rains and storms. The air and railway operations has also been interrupted because of the cyclone.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter stating, “Took stock of the situation in the wake of cyclone conditions in parts of India's western coast. Praying for everyone's well-being. I urge people to take all possible precautions and safety measures (sic)" He assured to provide all possible assistance to the Maharashtra government in these times of crisis.

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