Severe cyclone approaches India’s financial capital Mumbai

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MUMBAI, India — India’s western coast and financial capital of Mumbai braced for the first cyclone in a century on Wednesday as cases of the coronavirus continued to surge.

Police shooed people away from a beach as light rain fell. Homes in a nearby slum had been left and locked up, and municipal officials patrolled the streets, using bullhorns to order people to stay inside.

Nisarga was forecast to drop heavy rains and sustained winds of 100 to 110 kilometers (62 to 68 miles) per hour when it makes landfall Wednesday afternoon as a severe cyclone near the coastal city of Alibagh, about 98 kilometers (60 miles) south of Mumbai, India’s Meteorological Department said.

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