Cyclone Ockhi moved away but left a trail of destruction behind in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep moreover, it is now expected to make landfall in Gujarat. The storm moves towards south Gujarat which causes heavy rains in the state and adjoining Maharashtra. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast said earlier, “The cyclonic storm Ockhi is now laid centered about 850 km southwest of Surat also now it is likely to cross south Gujarat and adjoining North Maharashtra by mid-night of December 5.” Maharashtra government declared that in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Sindhudurga, Ratnagiri, Thane, Raigad and Palghar Districts, all schools were being closed on Tuesday after the warning for rain and thundershower is given by India Meteorological Department.
Education minister of Maharashtra, Vinod Tawde tweeted, “Precautionary holiday declared for schools in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Sindhudurga, Ratnagiri, Thane, Raigad and Palghar Districts for the safety of the students due to the serious weather predictions on #CycloneOckhi #MumbaiRains.” Yesterday, the Centre said that 1,540 people, including fishermen, are affected by Cyclone Ockhi, have been rescued.
Apart from that, last night the rain lashed Mumbai and the surrounding areas. On 5 December, Light to moderate rainfall in the early morning at most places with isolated heavy rainfall is also likely over north Konkan in Mumbai.
Rough to very rough Sea condition would be expected in north Maharashtra and South Gujarat coasts for 3 days, from 4 December night to 6 December morning. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea in these regions.
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