Extremely severe Cyclone Maha to hit Gujarat this week, bring heavy rainfall in Mumbai, other cities

Cyclone Maha is currently over the Arabian Sea at an extremely severe cyclonic storm intensity. Cyclone Maha is expected to bring heavy rainfall in several Maharashtra and Gujarat cities.

The extremely severe cyclonic storm Maha is currently over north central Arabian Sea and is expected to move slightly westward before curving back towards India and hitting the Gujarat coast late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. By the time Maha hits Gujarat, it will have weakened to severe cyclonic storm bringing winds of 100-110 kmph.

Cyclone Maha’s effects will be felt in both Maharashtra and Gujarat. According to the India Metrological Department, Maha will bring heavy rain to regions of both the states.

In Gujarat, heavy rainfall will take place over Junagarh, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Surat, Bharuch, Anand, Ahmedabad, Botad, Porbandar, Rajkot and Vadodara on Wednesday and Thursday. In Maharashtra, heavy rainfall is expected to take place over Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and some other northern districts.

Maha, which is pronounced M’maha, was named by Oman and comes days after Cyclone Kyarr, which formed over the Arabian Sea and headed towards India before curving and moving towards Africa.

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According to the IMD, Cyclone Maha will cross the Gujarat coast late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning between Diu and Porbandar. Maha will hit Gujarat as a severe cyclonic storm and bring winds of up to 110 kmph.

After hitting Gujarat, Maha is expected to steadily lose intensity, becoming a depression by earl Friday morning. Apart from heavy rain, Cyclone Maha is also expected to lead to rough sea conditions along the Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts. The rough sea conditions will be seen from Wednesday morning onwards.

The IMD has advised a total suspension of fishing activities until Wednesday. The weather office has also predicted damage to thatched houses, damage to communication and power lines, major damage to coastal crops and uprooting of trees.

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