A view of Girgaum Chowpatty beach in Mumbai
MUMBAI: A ‘red alert’ warning indicating extremely heavy rain at isolated places likely over Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad on June 3 was issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday owing to the developing tropical cyclonic storm in the Arabian Sea.
While on Sunday, the IMD had given out an orange alert for June 3, the same was upgraded on Monday to a red alert, with the depression over east-central and adjoining southeast Arabian sea moving north-north westwards.
Shubhangi Bhute, scientist, IMD Mumbai said, that on Monday morning, the weather system was moving with a speed of 13kmph about 630km south-southwest of Mumbai, 340km southwest of Panjim (Goa) and 850km south-southwest of Surat (Gujarat).
“In the next 12 hours, we are expecting this to intensify into a cyclonic storm over east-central Arabian Sea. It is very likely to move nearly northwards initially till June 2 morning and then recurve north-northeastwards and cross north Maharashtra and south Gujarat coasts between Harihareshwar (Raigad, Maharashtra) and Daman during the afternoon of June 3,” she said.