Cyclone Ockhi just 230km off city coast: There’ll be rain but no other impact on Mumbai
BMC’s disaster management cell says Mumbaiites have no reason to worry; Wednesday expected to be another wet daymumbai Updated: Dec 05, 2017 17:02 IST
With the tropical storm Cyclone Ockhi less than 300 km off Mumbai’s coast, Tuesday saw intermittent spells of heavy rain in the city and its surrounding regions all through the day.
While the city is expected to see rain on Wednesday too, the city’s disaster management cell said that Mumbaiites have no reason to worry as, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclone Ockhi will not have any more of a major impact on Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
“We urge Mumbaiites to stay calm as Cyclone Ockhi is around 230 km west-southwest of Mumbai and is likely to continue moving in the north-northeast direction, weakening gradually,” Mahesh Narvekar, head of the civic body’s disaster management cell said on Tuesday evening. “According to the IMD, the cyclone will cross south Gujarat and north Maharashtra but will not impact Mumbai.”
Schools and colleges remained closed on Tuesday as a precautionary measure as per the Maharashtra government’s order, though the rest of Mumbai geared up and stepped out.
Heavy showers were reported from various parts of the island city as well as the suburbs. All areas saw moderate to heavy showers during the day. The downpour has led to minor water-logging in low-lying areas such as Andheri subway, Jogeshwari and Khar, among other places. Water-logging was reported in Jai Bharat Colony, Khar (west) where residents complained that the storm water drains in the colony are clogged.
Traffic on highway; train services unaffected
Traffic was affected on both the Western Express Highway (WEH) and the Eastern Express Highway because of the rain. Motorists said the ongoing Metro work on WEH worsened the traffic congestion.
Train services, however, have not been affected so far. Railway authorities said there was no water-logging on tracks anywhere despite incessant rains. Trains on both the Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR) are running but with some delays. “Trains are running normally, except in a few cases where there is delay of 10 to 15 minutes,” said Sunil Udasi, chief spokesperson, CR. “Western Railway’s suburban and other train services are running normally,”said a WR spokesperson.
The civic body has issued a warning to people to stay away from the city’s beaches as high tide levels will be higher than usual - it is expected to touch five metres. On Tuesday morning, officials were spotted barricading entry points and roads leading to Dadar Chowpatty.
Tree falls have been reported in Bhandup and Thane. No casualties have been reported.
Rain likely to intensify
IMD officials said wind speed over the city in the morning was between 12 and 15 km/hr, but this is expected to increase as the weather system moves closer. “As of now, there is light to moderate rain over Mumbai. However, as the cyclonic storm moves closer and develops into a deep depression, the intensity of the rain will increase and isolated heavy showers are expected in various areas along the north Konkan coast,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, IMD. “There will be heavy rain all along south Gujarat coast.”
The cyclone moved at a speed of 21kmph for six hours on early Tuesday morning over east-central Arabian Sea. “It is moving further north-northeastwards. It will weaken gradually into a deep depression by Tuesday night as it reaches the north Maharastra coast,” he said.
On Monday, the city recorded rainfall in December for the first time since 2014. Within three hours, Santacruz weather station, which represents Mumbai’s suburbs, recorded 7mm of rainfall, while Colaba, representative of south Mumbai, recorded 11.4mm.
Between 5.30pm Monday and 8.30am Tuesday, Santacruz and Colaba recorded 22mm and 22.6mm of rain, respectively, making it highest 24-hour December rain for a decade. The all-time high rainfall for December was recorded on December 12, 1967, at 31.4mm.
Meanwhile, the minimum temperature in Mumbai fell closer to the normal mark because of the rain. Humidity levels rose to 95 per cent on Tuesday. C
Cyclone Ockhi is expected to weaken into a deep depression and move along the Mumbai coastline on Tuesday night and Wednesday early morning with wind speed touching 65 to 70kmph.
Across rest of Maharashtra
From 5.30pm Monday to 8.30 am Tuesday, several parts of Maharashtra have also experienced showers, with Alibaug recording 21 mm rain, Thane 14 mm, Dahanu 13 mm, Matheran 14 mm, Pune 3 mm, Mahabaleshwar 4mm and Satara 4 mm.
So far, a few spells of rain or thundershowers have been predicted for Wednesday evening up to Thursday.