CThe India Meteorological Department (IMD) Tuesday said that Cyclone “Nisarga” is very likely to intensify into a “severe cyclonic storm” over the next 12 hours and cross Maharashtra and South Gujarat coast on Wednesday. The cyclonic storm will cross North Maharashtra and adjoining South Gujarat coast between Harihareshwar and Daman, close to Alibaug (in Maharashtras Raigad), on June 3 as a severe cyclonic storm with a maximum sustained wind 100-110 gusting to 120 kmph, an IMD official said. Mumbai, Thane, Palghar have been put on red alert till June 4.
“As per the trajectory of the system, it’s expected to make the landfall somewhere near south of Mumbai. But it is a dynamic system and is subject to change in the next 24 to 48 hours. Mumbai is in the trajectory and will feel the adverse impact of the (developing) cyclone,” Sunitha Devi, a scientist at Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre, Delhi, said.
In other news, the southwest monsoon made a timely onset over Kerala on Monday, marking the commencement of the four-month long rainfall season. North India is likely to get “above normal” rainfall, while central India and the southern peninsula will receive “normal” rainfall, the weather department said.