Cyclone Nisarga, which intensified right into a “extreme cyclonic storm” this morning, is headed in direction of the Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts and is predicted to make landfall close to Mumbai this afternoon. Sturdy winds have been prevailing over most components of Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra, together with Mumbai, Pune, Palghar, Ratnagiri and Raigad since Wednesday morning.

This would be the second cyclone to strike India in two weeks and the primary to hit Mumbai in June in over 100 years. Nisarga can be solely the second time since 1902 {that a} cyclone has developed over the Arabian Sea in June in two consecutive years.

The IMD has issued a crimson alert in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Dhule, Nandurbar, and Nashik districts of Maharashtra, which signifies the “risk of extraordinarily heavy rain at remoted locations”. Hundreds had been evacuated in Maharashtra and Gujarat, two states which are hit the worst by the corona virus pandemic.

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