The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of intense spell of rainfall in Pune and subsequent flooding in low-lying areas as Cyclone Maha is set to make a landfall between Diu and Porbandar along Gujarat coast.
With a wind speed of 190 km/hr and gushing speed of 210 km/hr, the extremely severe cyclonic storm is likely to cause “heavy to very heavy rain” in parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat over the next few days, Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather department, IMD, said. The cyclone, however, is expected to weaken to a severe cyclone before it makes landfall between November 6 midnight and November 7 early morning, IMD officials said.
“The cyclonic disturbance will cause heavy to very heavy rainfall in districts of Nashik, Dhule and Jalgaon. Surat and its neighbouring areas will also receive heavy rain with high-speed winds,” Kashyapi said. In Madhya Maharashtra, the districts of Pune, Kolhapur, Sangli and Solapur, are witnessing intense rainfall due to the cyclonic disturbance, he added.
“These regions will witness rainfall for the next few days. Pune will see an intense spell of rain in a short time period. Such rainfall can cause flooding in low-lying areas, especially on November 6 and 7,” Kashyapi said.
He added that on November 6, Pune is expected to receive 1.5 to 6.5 cm rainfall in short, intermittent spells. The city will also receive rain on November 7, and its intensity will reduce on November 8 to make way for clear skies, he added. Most of the rain will be towards the evening and at night. Marathwada and Vidarbha, which were hit by unseasonal rain over the last fortnight or so, will be spared from much rainfall, Kashyapi said. “There will be occasional instances of heavy rainfall in these areas,” he said. Konkan, Goa and Palghar will also witness heavy thundershowers, he added.