Cyclone Maha Update: Heavy Rainfall Likely in Parts of Maharashtra, Gujarat Over Next 48 Hours
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Mumbai, November 3: Parts of Gujarat and Maharashtra will have to brace for heavy rainfall in the coming days as severe cyclonic storm, Cyclone Maha, which lays over the Arabian Sea, is likely to intensify during the next 48 hours. Under the influence of the cyclonic storm, heavy rainfall is set to lash parts of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andaman and Nicobar islands over the next few days. In Gujarat, places including Saurashtra, Valsad, Veraval are set to receive torrential rains till November 5. Meanwhile, rainfall will continue in several parts of Maharashtra during next 48 hours, the IMD stated. Cyclone Maha is very likely to move west-northwestwards and concentrate into a Depression over eastcentral Bay of Bengal during subsequent 2-3 days. Cyclone Maha Likely to Recurve Towards Gujarat by November 5, Heavy Rainfall to Lash Parts of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa, Says IMD.

On Sunday, the severe cyclonic storm- Cyclone 'Maha' moved west-northwestwards and was reported to be near Veraval in Gujarat and 580 km west-southwest of Diu. It is very likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm over the Arabian sea during next six hours, the IMD stated.

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According to IMD, Cyclone Maha is very likely to move west-northwestwards till November 4, recurve east-northeastwards thereafter and weaken gradually from November 5 onwards. The weather agency said that the cyclonic storm is very likely to cross Gujarat coast between Diu and Dwarka as a severe cyclonic storm with the maximum sustained wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph around mid-night of November 6 and early hours of November 7, 2019.

In its All India Weather Forecast Bulletin, the IMD said that Cyclone Maha is very likely to move west-northwestwards till November 4 and recurve east-northeastwards towards south Gujarat and adjoining north Maharashtra coasts thereafter.

Under the influence of severe cyclonic storm 'Maha', heavy rainfall is likely over Gujarat and Saurashtra coasts on Sunday. The IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely over Andaman and Nicobar Islands from November 3 to 6.

On Saturday, parts of Gujarat on Saturday received unseasonal rain due to Cyclone Maha, leading to crop damage. In the wake of the damage, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani promised compensation to affected farmers.

According to reports, Khergam in Navsari district got the highest rainfall of 84 mm between 6 am till 6 pm on Saturday, followed by Limbdi in Surendranagar (67mm), Dharampur in Valsad (62mm), Khedbrahma in Sabarkantha (35mm), Kaprada in Valsad (35mm), Waghai in Dang (34mm), Sagbara in Narmada (32mm) and Surendranagar’s Chuda (31mm).