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Goa rains: Alerts pour over weekend, orange warning for today | Goa News – Times of India

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PANAJI: Following the wettest 24-hour spell of 97.2mm for over two months since 121.2mm recorded on July 14, the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Panaji, issued a red alert on Saturday. A depression in the Arabian Sea and a well-marked low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal have triggered vigorous monsoon activity. The IMD has issued an orange alert for October 1.
The depression had formed on Saturday morning, about 110km west of Panaji and about 130km southwest of the Ratnagiri coast. It was estimated to move in the northeast direction and cross between Panaji and Ratnagiri by Saturday night.
According to the red alert, heavy rainfall was expected at a few places and very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places on Saturday and Sunday morning.
On Sunday, thereafter, heavy rainfall is expected at a few places and very heavy rainfall is expected only at isolated places.
Squally winds reaching a speed of 40-50kmph and gusting to 60kmph are likely to blow due to the stormy conditions.
During the past 24 hours till Saturday morning, Mapusa recorded 127.5mm, Margao 110.2mm, Old Goa 108.8mm, Canacona 103.2mm, Ponda 108.8mm, Quepem 100mm, Pernem 98.8mm, Sanguem 94.5mm, Panaji 89.2mm, Dabolim 85.6mm, Mormugao 72.4mm, and Sanquelim 77.6mm.
“Most cyclones or depressions move parallel to the west coast of India including Goa. The exception was Cyclone Tauktae in May 2021 which crossed over the Goa coast and moved northwest,” said M R Ramesh Kumar, the chief scientist (retired) of NIO. “On Friday, due to a low-pressure area off Konkan and Goa coasts, six stations out of 13 received intense rainfall above 100mm.”
On Saturday morning, the seasonal total had reached 3,355mm while the normal value at this stage should be 3,007.8mm. The surplus, therefore, is 11.5%.
The copious rainfall during a season marked by the wettest July and driest August has produced 230+mm in just four days at the fag end of the monsoon.
In the previous 24-hour spell till Friday morning, the highest single-day rainfall for August and September this season was recorded at 60.8mm.

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