On Wednesday morning, the India Meteorological Department issued a nowcast warning for the Maharashtra districts of Pune, Satara, Solapur, Sangli, and Kolhapur, predicting isolated areas of moderate to intense rainfall over the next 3 to 4 hours.
A nowcast is a forecast created by analyzing data that is currently accessible.
The districts of Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Dhule, Nandurbar, Osmanabad, Aurangabad, Beed, and Nashik have also received a similar warning from the IMD. Anupam Kashyapi, head of IMD’s weather forecasting division, stated that moderate to intense rain spells were also very likely to occur at isolated places in Thane, Palghar, Mumbai, and Raigad over the course of the next three to four hours.
“Packed isobars continue to exist over the Arabian Sea. Strong westerlies lead to increased pressure gradient force, which causes significant wind convergence over Konkan-Goa and in Madhya Maharashtra’s ghat regions, according to him. He noted that a clearly defined low-pressure area is continuing almost simultaneously over the Bay of Bengal. According to him, there would be little to no decrease in rainfall activity over the state and Pune district until Thursday. The official predicted that the monsoon would remain active over the state today and tomorrow. While this was happening, various dams’ water levels rose in Pune and other western Maharashtra districts as a result of the nonstop rain.
According to a district administration official, the collective water storage of the Khadakwasla, Temghar, Warasgaon, and Panshet dams—which supply water to Pune city—has exceeded 12 TMC (thousand million cubic feet), or 42% of the combined capacity of the four reservoirs.
10,000 cubic feet per second (cusec) of water are being released from the Khadakwasla dam as it fills up quickly, the official stated.
Twenty tree fall incidents were reported in Pune city on Tuesday, and two separate wall collapse incidents resulted in three injuries, according to the fire department.
The Koyna Dam is currently at a water level of 38 TMC, or 36% of its maximum capacity, in Satara District.
According to an official, the well-known Satara hill station of Mahabaleshwar received 136 mm of rain in the previous 24 hours, while Koyna and Navja received 123 mm and 142 mm of rain, respectively.
After prolonged rains in the region, the Panchaganga river level at Rajaram Weir in Kolhapur rose to 35.2 feet.
At the weir, the warning level is 39 feet and the danger level is 43 feet.
A Public Works Department official in the district stated that “four state roads and seven district main roads in Kolhapur were closed for vehicular movement after water accumulated on some stretches.”