Mumbai: Cyclonic storm ‘Phyan’ will hit south Gujarat and north Maharashtra by late Wednesday evening following a deep depression in the south east and adjoining central Arabian sea and fishermen have been warned against venturing into the sea, the weather office said.
The depression, which developed on Tuesday, intensified into a cyclone early Wednesday morning and the system is likely to move north northeastwards and cross south Gujarat and north Maharashtra coast between Alibag (Maharashtra) and Valsad (Gujarat) by late Wednesday evening or night, the latest bulletin from the weather office said.
The sea will be very rough along and off Maharashtra and south Gujarat coast and fishermen have been warned against venturing along the Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat coasts, it said.
Cyclonic storm over east central Arabian Sea moved northwards and lay centred at 05:30am on Wednesday over same area near latitude 16.0 degree North and longitude 71.5 degree East about 250 kilometers west northwest of Goa and 350 kms south southwest of Mumbai and 620 kms south southwest of Surat in Gujarat.
Squally winds reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph are likely along and off Maharashtra and south Gujarat coast during, Met Office said.
Under the influence of the deep depression, rainfall was experienced in most parts of Maharashtra, with heavy to very heavy showers at few places including the metropolis and neighbouring Thane district.
Deputy director general, Met Dept, Mumbai, said the cyclone may not directly hit Mumbai... but the impact of the severe weather has already started in the city. In the afternoon perhaps, it will be more severe, disturbed weather will be there like heavy rains, storms and sea will become very rough.
“As far as Mumbai and coastal areas are concerned, we have informed the state government, disaster management authority, BMC to take all precautions for the safety of life and property. We have advised people in low-lying areas to take shelter.”
Isolated extremely heavy rainfall is likely in Konkan and Goa and central Maharashtra, the Met Office bulletin added.