Mumbai, Dec 4: Mumbai and Surat have been put on rain alert as Cyclone Ockhi is moving northwestwards. The cyclone has claimed 19 lives in Kerala and is now moving further up. The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted light to heavy rains on the Maharashtra coast as well as South Gujarat, with the cyclone moving northwards with a speed of 16 km per hour. (Update: Mumbai Rains: Cyclone Ockhi to Bring Showers in Mumbai, Other Parts of Maharashtra; Schools, Colleges to Remain Closed Tomorrow)

The Indian Met Department has said that moderate to heavy rains in some areas along with squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph are likely over Mumbai, Surat and other areas of Maharashtra coast and South Gujarat on Monday as well as Tuesday.

“The very severe cyclonic storm ‘OCKHI’ over east central and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea moved further north-northwestwards with a speed of 12 kmph during past 6 hours and lay centred at 2330 hrs IST of 03 rd December, 2017 over eastcentral Arabian Sea near Latitude 13.5º N and Longitude 68.5º E, about 530 km west-northwest of Amini Divi, 770 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 970 km south-southwest of Surat. It is very likely to move nearly northwards during next 6 hours and then recurve north-northeastwards towards south Gujarat and adjoining north Maharashtra coasts,” IMD said in a statement.

The IMD also said that that sea condition would be rough to very rough along and off north Maharashtra and South Gujarat coasts from December 4 to 6. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea along and off South Gujarat and North Maharashtra during this period.