Cyclone over planet Earth. Elements of this image are furnished by NASA
Cyclone Ockhi is spreading fast over the Eastcentral Arabian Sea and is all set to land in Maharashtra and Gujarat today leading to a cyclone warning. It has moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 18 kmph during past few hours. As of 0230 hrs IST of 05th December, 2017 it was centred over eastcentral Arabian Sea near Latitude 16.9º N and Longitude 70.1º E, which is about 560 km south-southwest of Surat and 360 km southwest of Mumbai. As such, both Maharashtra and Gujarat can expect rainfall today. Also Read - Weather Department Issues Warning For Cyclone in Konkan, Parts of Gujarat
Gujarat can expect light to moderate rainfall today while some parts of south Gujarat should brace for heavy rainfall too. The southern part of Gujarat consists of areas like Valsad, Surat, Navsari, Bharuch, Dang, Tapi, Amreli, Gir- Somnath, Bhavnagar, Diu, Daman, Dadra, and Nagar Haveli districts. This rainfall is likely to continue tomorrow (December 6) too. Also Read - Central aid of Rs 133 crore for Ockhi-hit Kerala
Similarly, in Maharashtra, light to moderate rainfall can be exoected in most parts of the state. Some regions in the north Konkan belt will face heavy rainfall. These include Palghar, Thane, Raigarh, Greater Mumbai, Dhule, Nandurbar, Nashik, Jalgaon, Ahmednagar and Pune districts. According to weather officials, the cyclonic storm was 670 km south-west of Mumbai with squally winds reaching speeds of 50-60 kmph and likely to reach 70 kmph along coastal areas. So, rain or thunder showers have been predicted for the city and suburbs beginning from Monday night. Also Read - PM Narendra Modi Announces Package of Relief Measures For Cyclone Affected States
Cyclone Ockhi has already ravaged Kerala and Tamil Nadu in south India. Fishermen have been strongly advised not to venture into the sea along the coasts off Gujarat and North Maharashtra. The Indian Navy is still performing search and rescue operations over southeast Arabian Sea and and Minicoy islands. It is the fifth day of these operations since the cyclonic storm Ockhi hit the region. Schools and colleges in Maharashtra have been shut down for the day.