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04 Nov 2019 | 10:44 AM UTC

India: Hurricane Maha to make landfall in Gujarat November 6-7

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Orange alert issued as hurricane Maha approaches Gujarat November 6-7; heavy rain, flooding, and transportation disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/4/2019, 12:00 AM until 11/7/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Gujurat

Event

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast Hurricane Maha to make landfall on the Gujarat coast between Wednesday, November 6, and Thursday, November 7.

As of 15:00 (local time), Tropical storm Maha was located at approximately 18.5°N, 64.4°E (map here) with wind speeds of 185 kph (115 mph). The storm is forecast to intensify as it moves eastward before making landfall between Dwarka and Diu.

An orange alert has been issued in the Ahmedabad, Anand, Baroda, Chhota Udaipur, Narmada, Broach, Surat, Dang, Navsari, Valsad, Tapi, Dadra Nagar Haveli, Daman, Surendranagar, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Junagad, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Morbi, Devbhumi Dwarka, Gir Somnath, and Botad districts, where around 115-204 mm (4.5-8 in) of rain and wind speeds of 120 kph (74.5 mph) are expected between Wednesday and Thursday.

Business and transportation disruptions are likely, along with localized power cut, landslides, and flooding.

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm flight reservations, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.

 

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