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Cyclone Ockhi: Mumbai witnesses highest December rainfall in 142 years

As Ockhi passed the coast of Mumbai, the city witnessed the highest December rainfall in 142 years with Colaba receiving 82.2 mm rainfall and Santacruz received 53.8 mm in 24 hours.

The Meterorological Centre predicted that Cyclone Ockhi which was headed towards Maharashtra and Gujarat is gradually weakening into a depression. The latest IMD forecast (5.30 pm, Tuesday) stated that the cyclone, lay centred in east central Arabian Sea, 240 km from Surat, causing high speed winds and rain across Gujarat and adjoining Maharashtra. It said that the depression was moving at a speed of 18 kmph for the last six hours. Over 3,200 people were evacuated from 29 coastal villages in Surat district as cyclone Ockhi headed towards south Gujarat on Tuesday. Express photo by Prashant Nadkar

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As Ockhi passed the coast of Mumbai Tuesday, the city witnessed the highest December rainfall in 142 years — since December 12, 1967 — with Colaba receiving 70.4 mm rainfall and Santacruz receiving 36 mm in 24 hours. The picture shows water seeping into the slums near Versova as Cyclone Ockhi passes near Mumbai. Express Photo by Santosh Parab

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After dumping rains in Mumbai, Cyclone Ockhi was likely to make a landfall near Surat. Several top political leaders were forced to cancel their rallies in the poll-bound state, which experienced showers. Although the cyclone has weakened, the state administration has made all the preparation to meet any eventuality. Express Photo by Pradeep Das

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According to the MeT, the cyclone has weakened due to “unfavourable environmental conditions. Jayanta Sarkar, director of the MeT, was quoted as saying by PTI, “The system weakened mainly because of unfavourable environmental conditions, like high wind shear and colder sea surface near the coast. The system weakened because it is winter. The story would have been different had it occurred during the monsoon or pre-monsoon season.” Express Photo by Prashant Nadkar

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On Tuesday, the associated heavy clouding, covering all of central India and reaching upto the foothills of Himalayas, was noticed in the satellite images, though Met officials said not all areas under the cloud cover would receive rain. Express photo by Prashant Nadkar

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The water resources ministry asked authorities in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Odisha to ensure "sufficient vigil" in coastal areas for the next three days as the path of a depression developing in the Bay of Bengal "is not yet well-established". Express photo by Santosh Parab

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The Indian Navy on Tuesday, rescued 185 fishermen stranded off the coast of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Severely dehydrated, they were moved to safety. Till 6.00 pm on Tuesday, 608 people have been rescued from sea, the defence ministry confirmed. Express photo by Prashant Nadkar

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