Cyclone Nisarga is set to make landfall at India’s west coast in Maharashtra as a severe cyclonic storm on Wednesday. The storm, brewing over the Arabian Sea, is heading towards the mainland at a speed of 11 kilometers per hour and is likely to make landfall near Alibaug in Maharashtra in the afternoon.
Once the cyclone makes landfall, it will move north-northeastwards and cross north Maharashtra and adjoining south Gujarat coast between Harihareshwar and Daman. Cyclone Nisarga will also hit Mumbai, which is currently ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The severe cyclonic storm will bring winds of speed up to 120 kilometers per hour along with heavy rains to the affected areas. The strong winds are likely to damage houses with thatched roofs, power and communication lines, roads, and vegetation, including trees and coastal crops.
To mitigate the effects of Cyclone Nisarga, the governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat have initiated the evacuation of people residing in the low-lying areas as they are likely to be inundated by the high-tides and floodwaters.
By Wednesday morning, the Met department predicts, the wind speed will reach 100-110 kilometers per hour gusting to 120 kilometers per hour over the east-central Arabian Sea along and off Maharashtra coast in the Raigad, Mumbai, Palghar and Thane districts.
Arabian Sea coast in Daman, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Valsad and Navsari districts of Gujarat and Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts of Maharashtra are likely to face winds of speed up to 80-90 kilometer per hour gusting to 100 kilometers per hour. While Surat and Bharuch districts of south Gujarat may face winds at 70-80 kilometer per hour gusting to 90 kilometers per hour around Wednesday noon.
Cyclone Nisarga is expected to bring a storm surge of about 1-2 meters height above astronomical tide, which is very likely to inundate low lying areas of Mumbai, Thane, and Raigad districts. The rides are likely to be 0.5-1 meter higher in Ratnagiri district during the time of landfall and may flood low-lying areas there as well.
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