Cyclone Nisarga made landfall in Alibaug, a cluster of coastal fishing villages touted to be Mumbai’s Hamptons, around 1:00pm (local time) on Wednesday and it will be completed in next three hours.
According to the India Meteorological Department, the severe cyclonic storm made landfall close to Alibaug, a tehsil in Raigad district that has 215 villages lined with sprawling beaches, palm trees, modest motels, home stays, second homes, as well as luxurious villas. It is some 100 km from Mumbai.
It said that the center of the Cyclone is very close to Maharashtra coast. The northeast sector of the Eye of the Severe cyclone is entering into the land.
Earlier in the day, the IMD said the cyclone had moved northeastward at a speed of 13 kmph as of 9 am. It was likely to cross the Maharashtra coast close to the south of Alibaug Wednesday afternoon.
The cyclone is said to have a sustained wind speed of 100-110 kmph, which could gust up to 120 kmph. _Agencies