Boats anchored due to red alert for Cyclone nisarga in Ratnagiri district. (Credits: PTI)
NEW DELHI: Cyclone Nisarga is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm on Wednesday and could make a landfall near Alibaug in Raigad district of Maharashtra, as per India Meteorological Department (IMD). The cyclone is approaching the north coast of Maharashtra at a speed of 11 kilometres per hour and was about 250 km South-SouthWest of Mumbai at 02:30 am IST. Citizens have been advised to stay indoors.
Here are the latest developments:
Landfall expected near Alibaug today
IMD believes that Cyclone Nisarga is likely to make a landfall near Alibaug in Raigad district. As per the weather forecast agency, the cyclone is about 200 km South-SouthWest of Alibag. IMD further said that at 4:30 am the wind speed had increased to 22 kmph at Santacruz in Mumbai.
Weather monitors have warned of a storm surge of up to 2m above the astronomical tide, and of winds gusting at up to 120 kmph. As per some monitors, Cyclone Nisarga which is racing up the west coast, could make landfall between Harihareshwar, 200km south of Mumbai in Raigad district, and Daman, almost 200km north of Mumbai.
Red alert for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar
A red alert warning has been issued for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar for Wednesday. As many as 15 teams of NDRF and five SDRF have been deployed across districts in Maharashtra. An additional five NDRF teams are being airlifted from Vishakhapatnam. Four of them have been sent to Raigad, where the landfall will occur. Authorities have so far evacuated 65,000 people in five coastal districts of Maharashtra.
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