Mumbai, Gujarat brace for Cyclone Ockhi

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The savage Cyclone Ockhi has reached Mumbai after causing destruction in the southern parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu as well as some islands of the Lakshadweep. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast “serious weather conditions” due to Cyclone Ockhi in the country’s financial capital.

Mumbai has already started receiving rains due to Cyclone Ockhi. The city on Monday recorded the heaviest rainfall in a day in December in at least a decade. Some parts of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway experienced a hailstorm early on Tuesday. Schools and colleges in Mumbai and adjoining districts remained closed. The IMD has also issued a warning of heavy rainfall in north Konkan and north Madhya Maharashtra.

High alert has been sounded in Gujarat as Cyclone Ockhi is expected to make landfall near Surat in south Gujarat as a deep depression around Tuesday midnight. The severe cyclonic storm located 770 km south-southwest of Surat on Monday evening is likely to weaken and cross Surat either as a deep depression or depression, according to the Met office.

The approaching storm cast its shadow in form of a thick grey blanket that enveloped Gujarat skies even as light drizzles were reported in Porbandar, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Anand and even Ahmedabad.

The Indian Coast Guard has deployed 12 ships, three Dornier aircraft and three helicopters on Monday for providing critical assistance to the fishermen at sea.Two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed in Surat city, which is vulnerable with an estimated urban population of 50 lakh.