India Meteorological Department says that landfall has begun.
IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said that landfall could begin any moment as outer wall region of Cyclone Nisarga is over Raigad district.
“It is very likely to move nearly northwards during next few hours, recurve north-northeastwards thereafter and cross north Maharashtra and adjoining south Gujarat coast between Harihareshwar and Daman, close to Alibag (Raigad District, Maharashtra) during the afternoon of June 3 as a Severe Cyclonic Storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph,” National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said.
Cyclone Nisarga is the first to hit Mumbai in over a century. This will be the second cyclone to strike India in two weeks.
In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said: “Took stock of the situation in the wake of cyclone conditions in parts of India’s western coast. Praying for everyone’s well-being. I urge people to take all possible precautions and safety measures.”
UPDATES (June 3)
Cyclone Passing Mumbai’s Periphery
The cyclone is passing the periphery of the Mumbai. It made landfall south of Alibaug and that helped reduce the impact of cyclone on Mumbai, IMD DG said.
No major impact of Cyclon Nisarga in Gujarat
No untoward incident has been reported in southern coast of Gujarat so far on Wednesday due to the severe cyclonic storm ‘Nisarga’, which has made landfall in neighbouring Maharashtra. (PTI)
Cyclonic storm ‘Nisarga’ may have already moved away from the seas off the Goa’s coastline, but government departments are on alert to take on any eventuality: CM Pramod Sawant
Nisarga to Weaken into Deep Depression by Tonight
Nisarga will weaken into a cyclonic storm by late evening, and by tonight it will weaken into a deep depression: India Meteorological Department
Cyclone Nisarga lay centered at 2:30pm over coastal Maharashtra close to Alibaug, 75 kilometers southeast of Mumbai and 65 kms west of Pune. It moved northeastwards and crossed Maharashtra coast close to south of Alibaug from 12:30 to 14:30 pm as a severe cyclonic storm with the wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting at 120 kmph.
CM Uddhav Thackeray Holds Review Meeting
A meeting over video conferencing, chaired by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is underway with district collectors to review the cyclone Nisarga situation in the state.
The rear part of the wall cloud region is still over the sea and the landfall process will be completed in one hour. Its current intensity near the centre is 90-100 kmph to 110kmph. It will move northeastwards and weaken into a cyclonic storm during next 6 hrs:IMD
Over 50,000 Evacuated in Gujarat, Daman
Meanwhile, in Gujarat, nearly 50,000 people living in coastal areas south of the state and some 4,000 residents of the neighbouring Union Territory of Daman have so far been shifted to safer places ahead of the approaching cyclonic storm ‘Nisarga’, officials said today. Police have been deployed on all the beaches in Gujarat’s coastal belt and people have been asked to remain indoors, they said.
Over 43 NDRF teams deployed
About 43 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are deployed in the two states; of which 21 are in Maharashtra. Nearly 1 lakh people have been evacuated from the cyclone spot: SN Pradhan, NDRF Director-General
Severe cyclone storm “Nisarga” lay centred at 12:30pm hours IST today over east-central Arabian Sea near Lat. 18.25° N and Long. 72.9° E lies very close to Raigad district (Maharashtra) coast. It is close to coast about: 40 km south of Alibaug; 95 km south of Mumbai; 325 km south of Surat (Gujarat).
The center of the cyclone is very close to Maharashtra coast. The landfall process started and it will be completed during the next 3 hours. The northeast sector of the eye of severe cyclonic storm “Nisarga” is entering into land, says the IMD.
In view of cyclone Nisarga, no vehicular movement is permitted on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link: Mumbai Police
Cyclone Nisarga is gradually entering Mumbai and Thane districts.
Cyclone Nisarga is making landfall south of Alibaug now with strong wind speed of 120-140 kmph.
UPDATES (June 2)
According to IMD’s Cyclone E-Atlas, no weather system has turned into a cyclone and made landfall along the Maharashtra coast during June. Cyclone E-Atlas has been tracking tropical cyclones and depressions over the North Indian Ocean since 1891.
Cyclone Warning for north Maharashtra and south Gujarat coasts
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.
Storm surge warning, as issued by the IMD
10 NDRF teams deployed as cyclonic storm approaches: Maharashtra CM
Ten teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed for rescue operations in view of the ‘Nisarga’ cyclone, which is likely to hit the west coast of Maharashtra on Wednesday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Tuesday.
Western Naval Command Geared Up For Emergency Response
With the monsoons imminent over the West Coast of India, the Western Naval Command has mobilized adequate resources for flood relief, rescue, and diving assistance in the event of excessive rainfall and flooding of both, urban and rural areas.
20,000 people from villages near Gujarat coast to be evacuated ahead of the cyclone: Officials
33 Teams Deployed in Maharashtra, Gujarat in View of ‘Nisarga’
Thirty-three NDRF teams have been deployed in the coastal districts of Maharashtra and Gujarat in view of the impending Cyclone Nisarga, the chief of the federal contingency force said on Tuesday. In a video message, NDRF Director General (DG) S N Pradhan said, “Gujarat and Maharashtra have 11 and 10 teams respectively and they are being deployed in the coastal districts facing the Arabian Sea”.