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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 02:23:14 PM, PTI

Mumbai: Cyclonic storm ‘Phyan’ will hit South Gujarat and North Maharashtra by late this evening following a deep depression in the South East and adjoining Central Arabian Sea and fishermen have been warned against venturing into the sea, the weather office said.

 

The Depression, which developed yesterday, intensified into a cyclone early this morning and the system is likely to move North northeastwards and cross South Gujarat and North Maharashtra coast between Alibag (Maharashtra) and Valsad (Gujarat) by late this evening or night, the latest bulletin from the weather office said.

 

The sea will be very rough along and off Maharashtra and South Gujarat Coast and fishermen have been warned against venturing along the Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat coasts, it said.

 

Cyclonic storm over East Central Arabian Sea moved Northwards and lay centred at 0530 hours today over same area near latitude 16.0 degree North and longitude 71.5 degree East about 250 kilometers West northwest of Goa and 350 kms South southwest of Mumbai and 620 kms South southwest of Surat in Gujarat.

 

Sqaully winds reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph are likely along and off Maharashtra and South Gujarat coast during, Met Office said.

 

Mumbai schools, offices asked to shut down

With cyclonic storm `Phyan’ menacingly approaching north Maharashtra and south Gujarat, the government has asked all educational institutions and offices in the city to close down this afternoon.

 

“All schools and offices have been advised to close down for the day in view of the inclement weather that is likely to worsen,” BMC Additional Commissioner A Maheshkar told reporters.

 

While the schools have been asked to shut down at 1 pm, offices have been advised to close by 2 pm, Maheshkar said after a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Johny Joseph at Mantralaya.

 

She said the BMC was arranging for buses at Chhatrapati Shivaji and Churchgate terminus to ferry people back home.

 

All 24 control rooms of the BMC have been activated, she said, adding many trees maybe uprooted as the city and its adjoining areas were expected to experience high-speed winds reaching up to 90 KM per hour.

 

The machinery has been geared up to promptly clear the streets of the trees and people cautioned against taking shelter under them.

Asked if the advisory for closure of educational institutions and offices would be in force even tomorrow, she said no such decision had been taken as yet.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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