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Nature has its way of being destructive and Mumbai is at that phase now. On Wednesday, due to heavy rains, wind and high waves, at Alibaug near Mumbai, a landfall was expected with the Nisarga approaching the Maharashtra coast.
In 70 years, such a storm has never hit Mumbai. As of now, 100,000 people, including some coronavirus patients, have been moved to safer locations.
According to Weather forecasts, Gujarat and Maharashtra are expected to be hit withwind speeds of 110 kmph.There is a warning to stay alert as this cyclone will cause heavy rainfalls that will bringwaves that are almost 6 feet high.
Last evening after the wind changed its direction from Harihareshwar in Raigad district, Alibaug started preparing for this storm and residents have evacuated from the seaside town that is around 150 km from Mumbai.
The impact of this cyclone is likely to hit four places, Nisarga -- Thane, Palgad, Raigarh and Mumbai, says the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
This morning, the cyclone moved towards the North of Maharashtra coast at a speed of 11 kmph. In the next few hours, IMD predicted that there might be heavy rainfall in Karnataka and Marathawada. Even the low-lying areas in Mumbai and Thane are going to experience the same and there might be floods.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has urged people to stay indoors for two days. It is noted that this kind of cyclone is to hit Mumbai for the first time in 100 years and the second cyclone to affect India in a span of two weeks.
After Amphandestroyed towns in West Bengal, now Mumbai is at a risk with Cyclone Nisarga to hit the State.
By Neha Makhija