Mumbai, Nov 11: Cyclone Phyan has spared Mumbai but heavy rains are expected later in the evening, the weather department said on Wednesday, Nov 11.
Phyan is now heading south Gujarat and north Maharashtra coast, but the authorities are not taking any chances in Mumbai.
The civic authorities have kept pumps in readiness at several coastal areas of Mumbai like Worli, Bandra, Juhu, Versova and Malad which could get flooded during the impending storm.
All government offices schools, colleges in Mumbai and Thane have been asked to shut early on Wednesday, Nov 11.
The Phyan is right now positioned about 180 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 430 km south-southwest of Surat.
The IMD expects that maximum sustained surface wind speed under the influence of Cyclone Phyan will be 70-80 kmph between 05:30 pm and 11:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov 11.
Sea condition will be high to very high over along and off Maharashtra and south Gujarat coasts.
Fishermen in Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat, besides the Lakshadweep Islands, have been advised not to go out to sea.
Cyclonic storm ‘Phyan’ will hit South Gujarat and North Maharashtra by late this evening following a deep depression in the South East and adjoining Central Arabian Sea and fishermen have been warned against venturing into the sea, the weather office said.
The Depression, which developed yesterday, intensified into a cyclone early this morning and the system is likely to move North northeastwards and cross South Gujarat and North Maharashtra coast between Alibag (Maharashtra) and Valsad (Gujarat) by late this evening or night, the latest bulletin from the weather office said.
The sea will be very rough along and off Maharashtra and South Gujarat Coast and fishermen have been warned against venturing along the Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat coasts, it said.
Cyclonic storm over East Central Arabian Sea moved Northwards and lay centred at 0530 hours today over same area near latitude 16.0 degree North and longitude 71.5 degree East about 250 kilometers West northwest of Goa and 350 kms South southwest of Mumbai and 620 kms South southwest of Surat in Gujarat.
Sqaully winds reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph are likely along and off Maharashtra and South Gujarat coast during, Met Office said