The Severe cyclonic storm ‘Maha’ is weakening, but it will cause heavy to moderate rains on Thursday in parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Cyclone Maha was earlier predicted to hit Gujarat by Thursday morning. However, the IMD is now predicting that Cyclone Maha will skirt the coast of Gujarat and lie around 40 kms below Diu by noon Thursday. The IMD has predicted that Maha will have weakened to a deep depression by then and that it will become a depression by evening.
The IMD has predicted the regions of Diu, Junagarh, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Surat, Bharuch, Anand, Porbandar, Rajkot, Ahmedabad and Vadodara will receive moderate to heavy rainfall on Thursday and Friday.
Weathermen predict rains in Maharashtra’s Thane and Palghar districts will receive light to moderate showers on Thursday due to the cyclonic storm hovering in the Arabian sea
“The severe cyclonic storm Maha is weakening but moving towards the coastal areas of Gujarat. Its impact will be in the form of light to moderate showers in Madhya Maharashtra as well as Thane and Palghar districts.
“It will turn into a deep depression by Thursday morning, which means lessening of its severity,” the India Meteorological Department said.
Meanwhile, Thane and Palghar district administrations have stepped up preparedness to deal with any eventuality in view of the cyclonic storm.
While the Palghar district administration had already ordered closure of educational institutions between November 6 and 8, the collector of Thane district directed officials on Wednesday to take a call depending upon situation.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture out to sea along the coast of Gujarat or north Maharashtra until Friday.
Rescue agencies, including the Indian Coast Guard, Indian Navy and disaster relief forces, remain on standby to deal with Cyclone Maha and its aftermath.