Cyclone Maha may bring rain in parts of Maharashtra, Goa until November 7: IMD

PUNE: Parts of the coastal regions of Konkan, central Maharashtra and Marthawada are likely to receive rains along with Goa in the next two days due to the strong cyclonic storm 'Maha', which is expected to reach the coast near UT of Diu on November 7.

'Maha' is forming over the center-east and center-west, an official said, adding that it is likely to move rapidly to the east-northeast while weakening further, Met's department said Tuesday.

Parts of Konkan, the center of Maharashtra and Goa may witness some rains until November 7, as a result of the cyclonic storm. Isolated places in the center of Maharashtra and Marathwada can witness storms and lightning, said a bulletin from the Department of Meteorology of India (IMD).

'Maha' is expected to hit the coast of Gujarat between the Diu Union Territory and, with a maximum sustained wind speed of 70-80 km/h, with gusts of up to 90 km/h, in the early hours of the Thursday, said a Met official.

Heavy to very heavy rains can be seen in isolated places during Andaman and Nicobar Islands he added.

Fishermen are advised not to venture into the center and northeast of the Arabian Sea, along and off the coast of Gujarat and next to the north coast of Maharashtra, the north sea of ‚Äč‚ÄčAndaman and the southeast bay and east-central Bengal said.

The very severe cyclonic storm is around 650 km west-southwest of Porbandar and 700 km west-southwest of Veraval in the Arabian Sea.

It is likely to weaken in a cyclonic storm before hitting land on Thursday.