Mumbai had been preparing for a potential cyclone after a low-pressure area developed in the Arabian Sea on Monday, October 17. However, the latest update suggests the hurricane will likely spare the city. The low-pressure area in the Arabian Sea is expected to intensify into a storm, but it is projected to move northwest, away from the Mumbai coast.
According to Mumbai Rains, a social initiative on X (formerly Twitter), the cyclone’s initial path is northwest. Still, as the Jet Stream becomes active, there might be a change in direction towards the east.
This news relieves both Mumbai and Pune, as they are not expected to experience heavy rainfall due to the formation of this low-pressure area. Conditions had been building up over the southeastern parts of the Arabian Sea, near the equatorial region, according to the weather agency Skymet. However, Skymet initially refrained from making any firm predictions about the cyclone’s path, stating that there needed to be more time to do so.
The last significant cyclone to hit Mumbai was Cyclone Tauktae in 2021, a severe cyclonic storm resulting in the loss of lives in India, including Maharashtra. Before that, Cyclone Nisarga in 2020 was the first cyclone to hit Mumbai since 1861 and caused casualties in the region. The current update confirms that the new cyclone is not expected to impact these cities directly.