A high alert has been issued in Gujarat and Maharasthra in view of cyclone Ockhi. According to the latest reports, areas near Mumbai witnessed a spell of hailstorm and heavy rains. As a precautionary measure, schools and colleges in the city and adjoining districts have been closed by the authorities.
The National Crisis Management Committee is also keeping a close eye over the situation. The Centre has also assured the states of all possible help.
In Mumbai, the weather department has forecast intermittent rains in town and suburbs in the next 24 hours. Some parts of the Munbai-Pune Expressway experienced a hailstorm early on Tuesday, police said.
The traffic on Eastern and Western Express Highways in Mumbai has slowed down after rain in some parts of Mumbai throughout last night.
“Intermittent rain/thundershowers very likely to occur in Mumbai and suburbs in next 24 hours,” said a report of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Mumbai at 8 am.
“Heavy rainfall is likely at a few places with squally wind speed reaching 50 to 60 kms per hour gusting to 70 kms per hour very likely along coastal area in next 24 hours,” it further said.
A few spells of rain or thundershowers are likely to occur in the city and suburbs in next 48 hours, the IMD said.
After an alert by the IMD Mumbai observatory, the state government has announced a holiday today for schools in Mumbai, Sindhudurg, Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts.
Cyclone Ockhi had last weekend hit the coastline of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadwep islands causing destruction and claiming 20 lives.
(With inputs from PTI)