A deep depression over east-central Arabian Sea, which intensified into cyclone Nisarga on Tuesday, is expected to make landfall near Alibaug in Maharashtra on Wednesday. Alibaug is about 94 kilometre from Mumbai.
Nisarga will hit as a severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 100 to 110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph.
It is currently situated 200 kilometre away from Mumbai, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday morning. It also said that heavy rainfall is expected over coastal Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat in next few hours.
In the wake of cyclone Nisarga, town planning authority MMRDA said nearly 150 patients at its COVID-19 facility in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai have been shifted to another location as a precaution in the wake of the cyclone.
The IMD warned on Wednesday that the wind speed of cyclone Nisarga was picking up along the coast. Ratnagiri recorded 55 kmph at 8.30 am while the storm moved at a speed of 75 kmph along Konkan coast.
“It will gradually increase becoming 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph in the afternoon during landfall time,” said IMD.
Mumbai Police has imposed Section 144 in the entire city from Wednesday midnight to Thursday afternoon in view of cyclone Nisarga. It has also restricted people from coming to places like beaches, parks, and promenades along the coastline.
Nisarga is headed towards the Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts and is expected to make landfall near Mumbai on Wednesday afternoon. This will be the second cyclone to strike India in two weeks and the first to hit the financial capital in June in over 100 years.
Thousands of people have been evacuated from the coasts of Maharashtra and Gujarat as the two states brace for Cyclone Nisarga. Around 1,500 people staying in a shelter in Thal, Alibaug, were evacuated by NDRF teams.
Nisarga comes on the heels of Cyclone Amphan, which killed more than 100 people as it ravaged West Bengal, Odisha and Bangladesh last month. Nisarga is the 65th named cyclone in the north Indian Ocean and its name, proposed by Bangladesh, means ‘nature’.