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Several parts of Maharashtra will receive heavy downpours over the next 3-4 hours: IMD

ByRandall B. Phelps

Jul 13, 2022

India’s meteorological department issued an immediate warning for Pune, Satara, Solapur, Sangli and Kolhapur districts in Maharashtra on Wednesday morning predicting moderate to heavy rainfall in isolated locations within the next 3-4 hours.

A nowcast is a prediction made by analyzing currently available data.

IMD has also issued a similar warning for Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Dhule, Nandurbar, Osmanabad, Aurangabad, Beed and Nashik districts.

“Moderate to heavy rain episodes will also most likely occur in isolated locations in Thane, Palghar, Mumbai and Raigad over the next 3-4 hours,” said IMD’s Weather Forecasting Division Chief, Anupam Kashyapi.

“Compacted isobars over the Arabian Sea persist. Strong westerly winds are driving increased pressure gradient force, causing huge wind convergence over Konkan-Goa and ghat sections of Madhya Maharashtra,” did he declare.

The presence of a well-marked low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal persists almost simultaneously, he said.

There would not be much reduction in rainfall activity over the state and Pune district until Thursday, he said.

“The monsoon will continue to be vigorous on the state today and tomorrow,” the official said.

Meanwhile, incessant rains in Pune and other western districts of Maharashtra have caused the water level of various dams to rise.

The collective water storage of the Khadakwasla, Temghar, Warasgaon and Panshet dams, which supply water to the city of Pune, has reached more than 12 TMC (one thousand million cubic feet), or 42% of the total collective capacity of the four reservoirs, one district said an administration official.

“As the Khadakwasla dam fills rapidly, water is coming out of it at 10,000 cubic feet per second (cusec),” the official said.

According to firefighters, 20 falling trees were reported in the city of Pune on Tuesday and three people were injured in two separate wall collapses.

In Satara district, the water level of Koyna dam is above 38 TMC or 36% of the total capacity.

The popular hill station of Mahabaleshwar in Satara recorded 136mm of rainfall in the past 24 hours, while Koyna and Navja recorded 123mm and 142mm of rain respectively, an official said.

Panchaganga river level at Rajaram dam in Kolhapur has risen to 35.2ft after unrelenting rains in the district.

The warning level is 39 feet and the danger level is 43 feet at the spillway.

“Four trunk roads and seven main roads in Kolhapur district have been closed to vehicular traffic after water accumulated in some sections,” an official from the district’s public works department said.

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