Cyclone Nisarga heading towards Gujarat and Maharashtra, Mumbai put on high alert

A cyclonic storm has developed off the eastern coast of India over the east-central Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep area, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Nisarga in the Arabian Sea is likely to make a landfall over Palghar district, located around 100km north of Mumbai, on Wednesday evening or at night.

As of 1 June, the cyclone is located about 360 km southwest of Panjim (Goa), 670 km south-southwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra) and 900 km south-southwest of Surat (Gujarat).

According to IMD, the depression is likely to intensify into a deep depression by Monday evening. It will further become furious and turn into a cyclonic storm in the wee hours of the morning on June 2 and then into a severe cyclonic storm by evening or night of June 3.

Mumbai and its adjoining areas will receive heavy rainfall due to the cyclonic storm, IMD said.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into southeast Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep and along and off Kerala coast during the next 48 hours; east central Arabian Sea and along and off Karnataka-Goa coasts till June 3; east central Arabian Sea along and off Maharashtra coast and northeast Arabian Sea along and off Gujarat coast during June 3 and 4.


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