Tropical storm Nisarga, which intensified into a “severe cyclonic storm” this morning, has made landfall on the Maharashtra coast. This is the second cyclone to strike India in two weeks and the first such storm that will impact Mumbai – the worst-hit city in the country by coronavirus – in over 100 years.
“The center of the severe cyclone “Nisarga” is very close to Maharashtra coast. Landfall process started and it will be completed during next three hours. The northeast sector of the eye of severe cyclonic storm “Nisarga” is entering into land,” the India Meteorological Department or IMD said in a tweet.
THE CENTER OF THE SEVERE CYCLONE “NISARGA” IS VERY CLOSE TO MAHARASHTRA COAST. LANDFALL PROCESS STARTED AND IT WILL BE COMPLETED DURING NEXT 3 HOURS. THE NORTHEAST SECTOR OF THE EYE OF SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM “NISARGA” IS ENTERING INTO LAND.
— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) June 3, 2020
In Mumbai, no one is allowed to come out in public places like beaches, parks and promenades along the coastline, the police said in a late-night order.
Maharashtra, Gujarat, Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli have been put on high alert as some parts of these two states and the union territories fall on the path of the cyclone that developed over a low pressure area over the Arabian Sea. Goa, about 580 km from Mumbai, woke up to heavy rain this morning.