Heavy Rain and Strong Winds Lash Mumbai, Thane, and Palghar

Mumbai, Thane, and Palghar are experiencing heavy to intense rain with strong winds, causing disruptions to transportation and daily life. The India Meteorological Department has issued a "nowcast warning" forecasting thunderstorms with lightning and moderate to intense spells of rain.

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Heavy Rain and Strong Winds Lash Mumbai, Thane, and Palghar

Heavy Rain and Strong Winds Lash Mumbai, Thane, and Palghar

Mumbai, Thane, and Palghar are bracing for heavy to intense rain accompanied by strong winds and cloudy skies over the next two hours, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The IMD Mumbai has issued a "nowcast warning" forecasting a thunderstorm with lightning and moderate to intense spells of rain for the affected areas.

Why this matters: The heavy rain and strong winds can have a significant impact on the daily lives of millions of people in the affected areas, causing disruptions to transportation, power outages, and property damage. Furthermore, the unseasonal showers can also affect the local economy, particularly in the agricultural and industrial sectors.

An IMD official stated, "Thunderstorm accompanied with lightning and light to moderate spells of rain with gusty winds reaching 40-50 kmph is very likely to occur at isolated places in Mumbai in the next 3-4 hours." The unseasonal showers have brought some respite from the scorching heat, but they have also caused disruptions to daily life.

Rains and gusty winds have already lashed parts of Mumbai and neighboring metropolitan areas, affecting transportation and causing incidents. Metro services were suspended between Aarey and Andheri East stations after a banner landed on the overhead wire due to strong winds. Suburban services on Central Railway were also impacted when an overhead equipment pole between Thane and Mulund stations got bent.

The heavy rain and winds have led to power outages in Kalwa, Thane district, and some other areas. Incidents of trees falling were also reported in several places. Rains coupled with gusty winds were witnessed in the suburbs of Dadar, Kurla, Mahim, Ghatkopar, Mulund, and Vikhroli, while parts of south Mumbai experienced drizzles. The satellite towns of Thane, Ambernath, Badlapur, Kalyan, and Ulhasnagar also received moderate showers with gusty winds.

The Regional Meteorological Center (RMC) has issued a yellow alert for Thane, Palghar, Raigad, and several other districts in Maharashtra, warning of thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and gusty winds at isolated places. An orange alert is in effect for districts like Pune, Satara, Nashik, and parts of Vidarbha in the coming days.

As the heavy rains and strong winds continue to impact Mumbai, Thane, and Palghar, residents are advised to stay updated with the latest weather forecasts and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety. The IMD has predicted that the thunderstorm and intense spells of rain are likely to persist for the next two hours, with gusty winds expected to last for three to four hours in isolated places.

Key Takeaways

  • Mumbai, Thane, and Palghar to receive heavy to intense rain with strong winds in the next 2 hours.
  • Thunderstorm with lightning and moderate to intense rain expected in affected areas.
  • Rains and gusty winds cause disruptions to transportation, power outages, and property damage.
  • Yellow alert issued for Thane, Palghar, and other districts, with orange alert for Pune, Satara, and Nashik.
  • Residents advised to stay updated with weather forecasts and take necessary precautions for safety.