Nisarga likely to turn into 'severe cyclonic storm' in next 24 hours: IMD

Updated: Jun 02, 2020, 20:22 IST | mid-day online correspondent | New Delhi

While Mumbai and its neighbouring districts have been put on alert, the fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea in wake of the cyclonic storm Nisarga

A graph released by IMD shows the depression over east-central Arabian sea being intensified into Deep Depression. Picture/Twitter IMD
A graph released by IMD shows the depression over east-central Arabian sea being intensified into Deep Depression. Picture/Twitter IMD

Amid the development of the cyclonic storm moving towards Maharashtra and Gujarat coast, the India Meteorological Department (IMD), on Tuesday took to Twitter and said that the tropical storm Nisarga is most likely to intensify into a "severe cyclonic storm" in the next 24 hours and is expected to make landfall close to Mumbai by June 3.

"The depression over the east-central Arabian Sea moved northwards with a speed of 11 kmph during past 6 hours intensified into a deep depression and lay centred at 5.30 hours IST of today, the 2nd June 2020 over East-central Arabian Sea near latitude 15.0 N and longitude 71.2 E about 280 km west-southwest of Panjim (Goa), 490 km south-southwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra) and 710 km south-southwest of Surat (Gujarat)," the IMD tweeted on Tuesday morning.

In a series of tweet, the weather agency gave multiple updates about cyclone 'Nisarga' and said that the cyclonic storm will cross north Maharashtra and adjoining south Gujarat coast on Tuesday afternoon. The weather agency further stated that the depression building in the Arabian sea moved near latitude 14.2°N and longitude 71.2°E which is about 310 km southwest of Panjim, Goa.

Earlier, IMD had stated that Mumbai along with Thane and Palghar will experience rain and thunder showers from June 1 to June 4 due to the depression building in the Arabian sea. While weather agency Skymet said that both Maharashtra and Gujarat coast will experience rough sea conditions between June 2 and 5.

After Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray requested the fishermen to not venture into the sea, hundreds of fishermen were seen returning from the sea on Tuesday at Mahim. In its alert for the state, the weather agency said that the cyclonic storm 'Nisarga' will affect the coastal districts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai, more than Gujarat and other neighbouring states.

IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said that Maharashtra coastal districts such as Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Thane, Raigad, Mumbai and Palghar will be more affected by the cyclone. He also said that the depression is currently 690 km away from Mumbai.

With inputs from agencies

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