Mumbai, June 3: Cyclone Nisarga, which has turned into a "severe cyclonic storm", is predicted to make landfall along the coastline of Maharashtra between 1 pm to 4 pm. The landfall will take place in Alibaug, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD), adding that the brunt of cyclone would be felt along the coast of North Maharashtra till upto Daman near Gujarat. Mumbai, the state capital of Maharashtra, would also be severely impacted by the cyclone. Nisarga Cyclone Could be The First Tropical Cyclone in 129 Years to Hit Maharashtra in June.
The IMD has said the cyclone Nisarga will intensify into a severe cyclonic storm and cross Maharashtra and Gujarat coast between Harihareshwar and Daman, close to Alibag in Maharashtra's Raigad district on Wednesday afternoon. The cyclonic storm will hit the two states with a maximum wind speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 mph. It currently lays about 280 km west-northwest of Panjim, 350 km south-southwest of Mumbai, 300 km south-southwest of Alibagh and 560 km south-southwest of Surat.
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Heavy rains are likely in Raigad, Mumbai, Thane and Palghar districts due to the cyclonic storm. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday appealed to people of the state to stay indoors during the next 48 hours. Thackeray also said there could be a power outage in parts of Maharashtra due to heavy rains. Section 144 has been imposed in Mumbai's coastal areas and public movement is prohibited on beaches, promenades and other places near to the coastline.
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Fifteen National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed in Maharashtra. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to CM Uddhav Thackeray and assured all help from the central government in view of the cyclone Nisarga.
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