A vehicle passes by in the midst of rains in Mumbai, India (Source: ANI Official Twitter Handle) 

Cyclone Ockhi: Hailstorm Near Mumbai; Schools Shut

As Mumbai braces for Cyclone Ockhi, areas near the metropolis witnessed a spell of a hailstorm, while schools and colleges in the city and adjoining districts have been closed today as a precautionary measure.

Some parts of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway experienced a hailstorm earlier in the day, police said. The weather department has forecast intermittent rains in Mumbai and suburbs in the next 24 hours.

The traffic on Eastern and Western Express Highways in Mumbai has slowed down after rain in some parts of Mumbai throughout last night.

There are traffic curbs in some places because of the rush of followers of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on his death anniversary tomorrow.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has made arrangements for accommodation in some civic schools for people coming from outside Mumbai to pay tributes to Ambedkar at Chaityabhumi in Dadar.

Intermittent rain/thundershowers very likely to occur in Mumbai and suburbs in next 24 hours. Heavy rainfall is likely at a few places with squally wind speed reaching 50 to 60 km per hour gusting to 70 km per hour very likely along coastal area during the period.
India Meteorological Department 

A few spells of rain or thundershowers are likely to occur in the city and suburbs in next 48 hours, the IMD said.

After an alert by the IMD Mumbai observatory, the state government has announced a holiday today for schools in Mumbai, Sindhudurg, Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts.