On Tuesday, June 2, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) reported that a deep depression which formed in the eastern Arabian Sea has developed into cyclonic storm Nisarga. The IMD has forecast that Nisarga is likely to develop further into a severe cyclonic storm on Wednesday, June 3, as it approaches the coast between Harihareshwar (Maharashtra state) and the city of Daman (Daman and Diu union territory) on Wednesday evening. By Wednesday evening, Nisarga is forecast to sustain winds of between 100-110 kmh (62-68 mph) with gusts of up to 120 kmh (75 mph). Weather warnings have been issued for coastal areas of Gujarat and Maharashtra states. The IMD has warned of a storm surge of between 1-2 meters (3-7 ft) in low lying areas of Mumbai, and it also issued a red weather warning (highest in a four-tier scale) for the city in anticipation of heavy rains and strong winds. The IMD also issued red warnings for Palghar, Raigad, and Thane for Wednesday. Authorities evacuated at least 20,000 people from Valsad and Navsari districts of coastal Gujarat and deployed disaster response teams. The states of Kerala, Karnataka, and Goa are also expected to be affected. Cyclone Nisarga is forecast to weaken into a cyclonic storm by the evening of Thursday, June 4.
Associated flooding, infrastructure damage, power outages, and transportation disruptions are possible in the affected regions over the coming days.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate continuing disruptions, and never drive through flooded streets. Floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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