Cyclone Nisarga: Arabian Sea depression to intensify into cyclonic storm, cross coastal Maharashtra, Gujarat

Cyclone Nisarga: Arabian Sea depression to intensify into cyclonic storm, cross coastal Maharashtra, Gujarat

The low-pressure area over the Arabian Sea concentrated into a depression on Monday morning and is further likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm named 'Nisarga' by Tuesday, June 2. The cyclonic system will bring strong winds and cause heavy to very heavy rain over coastal Maharashtra and Gujarat on June 3.

South Gujarat and north Maharashtra coasts are on a pre-cyclone watch. Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall is expected in parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat when the Cyclone Nisarga crosses the two states on Wednesday and Thursday.

A low-pressure area is the first stage of a cyclone before it intensifies into a depression and then into a storm.

Given the formation of a cyclonic storm over the Arabian Sea and its movement towards north Maharashtra and south Gujarat coasts, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday issued a red alert for the coastal areas of the two states.

CYCLONE NISARGA: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

1. On Monday, Cyclone Nisarga brewing over the Arabian Sea moved northwards with a speed of 7kmph. The sea condition around the centre of the formation of the cyclonic storm is rough -- favourable conditions for the intensification of the cyclone.

2. On Monday morning, the storm was 370 km southwest of Panjim; 690 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 920 km south-south-west of Surat.

3. In the next 12 hours, the depression over the east-central and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea will intensify into a deep depression and into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours.

4. The cyclonic storm, Nisarga, is very likely to move nearly northwards initially till June 2 and then recurve north-northeastwards and reach near north Maharashtra and south Gujarat coasts between Harihareshwar (Raigad, Maharashtra) and Daman around June 3.

5. The IMD has issued an orange-colour coded warning for Kerala, coastal Karnataka, Goa and coastal Maharashtra for June 1. An orange-colour alert has been issued for coastal Maharashtra and Goa on June 2 due to the approaching cyclonic storm.

6. Since cyclone Nisarga is expected to cross north Maharashtra and south Gujarat coasts on June 3 (Wednesday), a red-coloured coded warning has been issued for the coastal areas of Maharashtra and Goa and an orange-coloured warning to Gujarat.

7. The red-coloured warning has been issued for coastal Maharashtra, Goa and entire Gujarat for June 4. On June 3, intense rainfall in parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat is expected due to Cyclone Nisarga.

8. When it crosses the coast on the evening of June 3, Cyclone Nisarga will have a speed of 105-110 kmph, the IMD said. It will also have an impact on Mumbai, it said.

9. Fishermen who have ventured into the Arabian Sea along the north and south Gujarat coasts were advised to return by Sunday and not go out till June 4.

10. The Maharashtra government has stepped up safety measures along the Konkan coast to tackle any eventuality. CM Uddhav Thackeray last week held a meeting on monsoon preparedness with officials of the government, IMD, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, and the Army, Navy and Air Force.