Mumbai, Dec 5: Mumbai has been receiving moderate to heavy rains since Monday evening with Cyclone Ockhi moving Northwards after having caused destruction in Kerala. Rains continued to lash parts of Mumbai on Tuesday morning. A high tide is also expected to his the shore today. The Maharashtra government has ordered that schools and colleges in Mumbai, Thane and other areas close to the coast remain closed as a precautionary measure. Fishermen have also been asked not to venture into the sea for today and tomorrow. The cyclonic storm is expected to affect North Maharashtra and South Gujarat. Stay with us for live updates on Cyclone Ockhi.
Mumbai recorded its highest 24-hour rainfall in December in the last decade as Cyclone Ockhi affected the weather conditions of the city. The Santacruz weather station – representative of Mumbai– recorded 7 mm rain. The Colaba station that represents south Mumbai recorded 11.4 mm rainfall between 5.30 pm and 8.30 pm on Monday. The highest rainfall ever recorded in 24 hours in December month was 31.4 mm on December 12, 1967.
“Precautionary holiday declared on 5/12/17 for schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Sindhudurga, Thane, Raigad and Palghar Districts for the safety of the students due to the serious weather predictions on #CycloneOckhi #MumbaiRains,” Maharashtra education minister Vinod Tawde tweeted on Monday.
The Indian Meteorological Department said on Monday that Cyclone Ockhi was located over east central Arabian sea, 540 km southwest of Mumbai. The intensity of the cyclone was expected to reduce as it moved northeastwards, it said. The IMD added that the Mumbai coastline could witness high-speed winds from Monday night. The speed of the wind could touch 50-60 kmph.