Cyclone Nisarga, a deep depression in the Arabian Sea has intensified into a cyclonic storm. It continues further turns into a severe cyclonic storm by tonight and crosses north Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts between Harihareshwar in Raigad district and Daman on Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, as per the IMD. It would be the first cyclonic storm to impact India’s financial capital during June since 1891. Mumbai is severely affected by coronavirus pandemic with nearly 40,000 cases.
Cyclone Nisarga currently at 490 km from Mumbai, 280 km from Goa’s capital city and 710 km from Surat district in Gujarat, said IMD. The severe cyclonic storm will have a wind speed of 90-105 kmph when it crosses the coast.
The IMD has issued a red alert for Mumbai, its suburban districts, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri, and Sindhudurg districts in view of Cyclone Nisarga. Rainfall has already begun in parts of the coastal Karnataka and Madhya Maharashtra and would increase during the next few hours. “Mumbai and Palgar, Thane, Raigad districts in Maharashtra will witness more than 20 cm rains in the next 24 hours,” alerted the weather department.
5:50 PM: CS NISARGA LAY CENTERED AT 1630 HRS IST OF TODAY, THE 03RD JUNE 2020 NEAR LAT. 18.65°N AND LONG. 73.3°E (Pune District) OVER INTERIOR MAHARASTRA ABOUT 70 KM EAST-NORTHEAST OF ALIBAGH, 80 KM EAST-SOUTHEAST OF MUMBAI (COLABA) AND 45 KM NORTHWEST OF PUNE. -IMD
CS NISARGA LAY CENTERED AT 1630 HRS IST OF TODAY, THE 03RD JUNE 2020 NEAR LAT. 18.65°N AND LONG. 73.3°E (Pune District) OVER INTERIOR MAHARASTRA ABOUT 70 KM EAST-NORTHEAST OF ALIBAGH, 80 KM EAST-SOUTHEAST OF MUMBAI (COLABA) AND 45 KM NORTHWEST OF PUNE.— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) June 3, 2020
1:10 PM: UNDER INFLUENCE OF SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM “NISARGA” HARNAI REPORTED 74 KMPH WIND SPEED AT 12:30 IST OF 03.06.2020 – IMD
1:00 PM: Landfall of cyclone has started, to continue for 3 hours
RAINFALL CONTINUING IN MAHARASHTRA COAST.— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) June 3, 2020
MUMBAI (COLABA) REPORTED 72 KMPH WIND SPEED AT 12:30 IST. pic.twitter.com/IqNiMTyktR
12:10 PM: “THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE WALL CLOUD REGION PASSES THROUGH COASTAL MAHARASHTRA COVERING MAINLY RAIGAD DISTRICT. IT WILL GRADUALLY ENTER INTO MUMBAI AND THANE DISTRICT DURING NEXT 3 HRS. LANDFALL WILL COMMENCE IN 1 HR AND THE PROCESS WILL BE COMPLETED DURING NEXT 3 HRS” – IMD
SCS-"NISARGA":- THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE WALL CLOUD REGION PASSES THROUGH COASTAL MAHARASHTRA COVERING MAINLY RAIGAD DISTRICT. IT WILL GRADUALLY ENTER INTO MUMBAI AND THANE DISTRICT DURING NEXT 3 HRS. LANDFALL WILL COMMENCE IN 1 HR AND THE PROCESS WILL BE COMPLETED DURING NEXT 3 HRS pic.twitter.com/8eJPcrgccx— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) June 3, 2020
12:01 PM: More than 14,000 people evacuated in Raigad and 400+ people have been shifted to a relief camp set up at a school in Alibaug
11:50 AM: More than 40,000 people have evacuated across Maharashtra, BMC using 35 schools as emergency shelters
11:40 AM: Mumbai Fire Brigade on alert, 93 lifeguards deployed at beaches
11:21 AM: Cyclone now 115 km from Alibag, 165 km from Mumbai
11:10 AM: NDRF started to vigilance at the Surat beach
11:00 AM: Cyclone 140 kms from Alibaug, landfall after 1 pm- Declared by IMD
10:00 AM: Cyclone landfall between 1-3 pm in Alibaug, Authorities to stay advised
8:00 AM: Mumbai Aiport Flight operations affected, only operates 19 flights today instead of 50
10:00 PM: 65,000 people have been evacuated from Palghar, Alibaug, Thane, Daman
8:30 PM: IAF lifts NDRF teams to Gujarat, Mumbai
8:00 PM: 250 patients moved out of makeshift COVID center at BKC
7:00 PM: State Government has asked to keep the “Sharp Objects ” ready.
5:40 PM: Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s office earlier in the day said that out of the 16 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, 10 have been deployed in the coastal areas of the state.
5:10 PM: “To cross North Maharashtra and adjoining South Gujarat coast between Harihareshwar and Daman, close to Alibag (Raigad) a/n 03rd Jun as an SCS with max sustained wind 100-110 gusting to 120 kmph, India Meteorological Department (IMD) Mumbai’s deputy director-general of meteorology KS Hosalikar said.
4:30 PM: The cyclonic storm is currently located 280 km west-southwest of Panjim, 430 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 640 km south-southwest of Surat.
2:00 PM: Deep depression in the Arabian Sea intensifies into a cyclone, likely to turn into a severe cyclonic storm, reports PTI quoting IMD.
1:00 PM: The depression is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 12 hours & further into a severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 12 hours: IMD
11:20 AM: Nisarga is expected to make landfall in Palghar on Wednesday evening. Ten of the 16 teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been stationed in coastal districts, including three in Mumbai and two in Palghar and Dahanu. Six teams are on standby.
9:00 AM: Red alert as Mumbai braces for the first-ever cyclone in its history due to weather change
The city could be in for a weather phenomenon that has never occurred in its documented history. A cyclone developing over the Arabian Sea—the second to be forming near India in a fortnight—is expected to make landfall just 110km north of Mumbai on Wednesday evening, likely triggering flash floods all along the state’s coast, including in the metropolitan region. Winds owing to the cyclone, Nisarga, could reach 115kmph, with gales of up to 125kmph.