New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The landfall process of Cyclone Nisarga started at 1 pm on Wednesday and will likley to be completed in the next three hours, the IMD said. The landfall begins near 40 km south of Alibagh, 95 km south of Mumbai and 325 km south of Surat (Gujarat).

 "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 is entering into land," the IMD said. 

In view of the cyclonic storm, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said that 33 teams have been deployed in the coastal districts of Maharashtra and Gujarat. In Gujarat, 13 teams of NDRF and 6 teams of SDRF have been deployed at different regions. Meanwhile, the state government has also evacuated 78,971 people living near the districts close to the seashore, to safer locations. In a relief to people living near the shore, the IMD indicated the cyclone may not make a landfall on the Gujarat coast. However, it will have an impact in the form of gusty winds coupled with heavy rainfall in the coastal belt, Gujarat's MeT centre director Jayanta Sarkar said.

Here are the Highlights of Gujarat’s Weather:

1:00 pm: The center of the severe #Cyclone Nisarga is very close to Maharashtra coast. Landfall process started & it will be completed during next 3 hours. The northeast sector of the eye of severe cyclonic storm is entering into land: IMD

12:00 pm: Nisarga will cross North Maharashtra and the adjoining South Gujarat coast between Harihareshwar and Daman, close to Alibaug of Maharashtra during Wednesday afternoon, with a maximum sustained wind speed of 100 to 110 kmph

11:10 am: According to the IMD, the cyclonic storm Nisarga over East Central Arabian Sea is currently around 460 km away from Surat and it will turn into a "severe cyclonic storm"

10:30 am: 43,000 people living near the coastline in Gujarat's Valsad and Navsari districts have so far been shifted to safer places 

10:00 am: Wind is picking up along the coast. Ratnagiri recorded 55 kmph at 08:30 IST. Squally wind reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph prevails along & off Konkan coast. It will gradually increase becoming 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph in the afternoon during landfall time.

9:30 am: Eye diameter is about 65 km as observed through Radar. thus the diameter has decrease during past 01 hour indicating intensification of system. hence wind speed has increased from 85-95 kmph to 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph.

 

9:00 am: Cyclone Nisarga has intensified further, eye diameter has decreased to about 65 km during the past hour. Wind speed has increased from 85-95 kmph to 90-100 kmph, gusting to 110 mph: Government of India

8:55 am: Wind conditions will further increase upto 100-110 gusting to 120 kmph as conditions are favorable for intensification. The higher Sea surface temperature and low vertical wind shear favored the intensification of severe cyclonic circulation.

 

8:45 am: IAF continues in a heightened state of preparedness to provide required assistance in combating #NisargaCyclone. Yesterday, one IAF IL-76 aircraft landed at Surat with 5 NDRF teams. Another IL-76 airlifted 5 NDRF teams from Vijayawada for Mumbai: Indian Air Force (IAF)

8:25 am: NDRF teams conducted evacuation of population at Valsad, Gujarat: NDRF (National Disaster Response Force).

8:15 am: People are advised to remain indoors but mobilise evacuation from low lying areas. I advise fishermen to suspend operations¬ venture into Eastcentral&Northeast Arabian Sea&along&off Karnataka-Goa-Maharashtra-south Gujarat coast: Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Min of Earth Sciences

8:00 am: Nisarga Cyclone intensified into severe cyclonic storm&lay centred at 0530 hrs over eastcentral Arabian Sea about 165km southwest of Alibag & 215 km south of Mumbai.Heavy rainfalls likely over Coastal K'taka,Goa,Maharashtra,Gujarat next few hrs: Dr Harsh Vardhan, Min of Earth Sciences

Posted By: Talib Khan