India Braces for Cyclone Nisarga

  • Meteorological Department Director Jayant Sarkar told the media that 110 kmph winds would blow when the storm hit.
  • It is already raining with strong winds in the coastal areas of South Gujarat and Saurashtra, due to Nisarga.
  • It will form a cyclone by 8 PM on Tuesday, and a super cyclone by 2 AM on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed preparations for Cyclone Nisarga, which has formed in the Arabian Sea. Nisarga will take the form of a Cyclone on Tuesday evening, and a Super Cyclone at night. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the depression in the Arabian Sea has turned into a deep depression, which will hit the coast between Daman and Gujarat on Wednesday afternoon.

Cyclonic Storm Nisarga is a currently active tropical cyclone headed towards the coastline of Indian state of Maharashtra and Gujarat. On 2 June 2020, India Meteorological Department (IMD) revisited Nisarga as severe cyclonic storm from cyclonic storm while confirming its landfall for Maharashtra’ coastal town of Alibaug on 3 June 2020.

Meteorological Department Director Jayant Sarkar told the media that 110 kmph winds would blow when the storm hit. He said that apart from this, heavy to very heavy rains are likely in the districts of South Gujarat. He also said that Nisarga would turn into a severe cyclone.

It is already raining with strong winds in the coastal areas of South Gujarat and Saurashtra, due to Nisarga. Prime Minister Modi wrote on Twitter:

“Took stock of the situation in the wake of cyclone conditions in parts of India’s western coast. Praying for everyone’s well-being. I urge people to take all possible precautions and safety measures.”

The deep depression is concentrated 670 km south-southwest of Surat, according to the meteorological department’s Tuesday afternoon bulletin. It will form a cyclone by 8 PM on Tuesday, and a super cyclone by 2 AM on Wednesday.

When the cyclone hits the ground, between Harihareshwar and Daman in Gujarat, and near Alibag (Raigad, Maharashtra) on Wednesday afternoon, its speed could reach 120 kmph.

The storm is likely to bring heavy rains to Surat, Navsari, Valsad, Dang, Daman, Dadarnagar Haveli in Gujarat, as well as Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad in Maharashtra. Apart from this, light to moderate rain is likely in western Madhya Pradesh, Marathwada in Maharashtra.

The meteorological department has advised fishermen in South Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, and Karnataka not to sail the seas until Wednesday. Due to the storm, heavy to very heavy rains are likely in Konkan (Maharashtra) and Goa.

A Super Cyclonic Storm is the highest category used by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) to classify tropical cyclones, within the North Indian Ocean tropical cyclone basin between the Malay Peninsula and the Arabian Peninsula. a Super Cyclonic Storm is defined as a tropical cyclone, that has 3-minute mean maximum sustained wind speeds of at least 120 knots (220 km/h; 140 mph), roughly equivalent to a Category 4 Atlantic hurricane.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah had a meeting with the National Crisis Management Committee, in view of the potential threat of the cyclone. He reviewed the preparations made to meet the probable situation. The Minister was also present at the meeting. Meanwhile, it has rained in many parts of Gujarat. In Valsad, Bhavnagar, Dang, the weather has changed and it has rained with strong winds.

The southwest monsoon has arrived in Kerala, and more than normal rainfall is forecast in northern India. However, less rainfall is also forecast in eastern and northeastern India than in other parts of the country.

“The southwest monsoon has hit Kerala,” said Mrityunjay Mohapatra, director-general of the meteorological department. “North India will receive above-normal rainfall while central India and southern areas will receive normal rainfall,” the meteorological department said.

The weather in Bhavnagar changed just before the hurricane arrived. It rained with heavy winds in Bhavnagar on Monday afternoon. Trees were uprooted in some places due to strong winds.

According to the Meteorological Department, two cyclones are forming in the Arabian Sea, one of which will turn towards Oman and Yemen. The other, Nisarga, is likely to hit the west coast of India. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said:

“High alert has been issued for the districts of South Gujarat and Bhavnagar and Amreli in view of the possibility of a hurricane. There is a good chance of rain with possible thunderstorms. Winds are likely to blow in Surat, Navsari, Valsad, Dang, Bharuch, Bhavnagar, and Amreli.”

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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