Cyclone Nisarga to Hit Maharashtra and Gujarat | PicknPaper

Cyclone Nisarga to Hit Maharashtra and Gujarat | PicknPaper

2020 has been a hell of a roller-coaster rise; first the deadly coronavirus and then cyclone Amphan in Kolkata wreaked its havoc. The nation sighed in relief as the central government shared it plan of phased opening of the nation post lockdown on June 1st. However, it seems like the bad news is not yet remotely over for some parts of the nation.

As per the data received by windy.com, it seems like a cyclonic storm is likely to hit Maharashtra and Gujarat. This cyclonic storm is brewing in Nisarge, as a deep depression in the Arabian Sea and is likely to hit Mumbai coast on June 3rdroughly between 10 AM to 1 PM. The storm is further likely to make its way to Allahabad, Gujarat somewhere around June 5th.

The last cyclonic storm to hit Maharashtra was recorded on November 11th in 2009 (named: Phyan). The IMD, aka, India Meteorological Department has further revealed that Nisarga’s landfall turning into a cyclonic storm is rarest-of-the-rarest events, as cyclone Nisarga is the first tropical cyclone to hit the coast of Maharashtra, in the month of June, in almost 129 years.

Following the trajectory, it is likely that cyclone Nisarga will hit the coast between Daman and Harihareshwar, close to Alibag on June 3rd. The speed of the wind, at the time of landfall, is expected to be around 100 km per hour. Other areas, including Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Palghar, Nandurbar, Nashik, Dhule, and Raigad are also expected to witness heavy rainfall.

Since the rainfall has already begun in coastal parts of Karnataka and Madhya Maharashtra, and it is expected to pour down more than 20cms rain in the next few hours, the Central Water Commission has broadcasted a flood alert for the above mentioned areas along with Daman, Diu, Nagar Haveli, Silvassa District of Dadar, and Valsad District of Gujarat.

Keeping this in mind, the question that comes to mind is if there’s anything that residents of these areas can do to stay safe.

Since, there’s not much time left till the predict cyclone to hit, here’s quick checklist of what you can do right now and during the storm to stay safe:

Safety Tips to Follow before the Cyclone Hits:

  • Make sure that your downpipes, drains, and gutters are clear and unblocked.
  • Make sure that your car is parked somewhere safe and away from trees, if there are any nearby.
  • Make sure that all your doors and windows are properly hinged and can be shut properly.
  • Check if you can install shutters to protect windows and/or doors; if not, secure them by taping them in a criss-crossed pattern.
  • Save an electronic copy of all your important documents (birth certificate, passport, licenses, marriage certificate, and education certificates) in your Google Drive.
  • Make an emergency kit with items like small first aid kit, flashlight, batteries, candles, lighter or matches, water bottle, etc.
  • Make a point that all your non-essential electrical items are unplugged. If possible, unplug all electrical items.
  • Make sure you have enough grocery (and pet food in case you have pets).
  • Check if your neighbors, especially the elderly, are prepared as well.

Safety Tips to follow During the Cyclone:

  • Stay indoors; avoid going out during the warned time.
  • While sheltering inside, keep your emergency kit handy and shelter under a strong table or bed.
  • Save up water and food incase of electricity cutoff.
  • In case it is absolutely necessary for you to go out, avoid driving through the flooded road and keep an eye for lose branches or objects.
  • Keep a check on the live storm updates on news or radio.

We hope you stay out of the harm’s way but it’s always best to be prepared.

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