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Hey Goa, its true, the weather outside has been frightful!

Actually, that line is taken from a Christmas carol, related to snow. But here’s where it’s different. While it brings to mind, falling snow, warm fires and hot coffee, the weather in Goa has been anything but cozy. In fact, the heat and humidity are making everyone ill. Not to forget the strange thunderstorms in the last week.

The weather gods must be crazy!

Everyone can agree, it’s been a horribly humid summer. In fact, it seems like the heat and humidity get worse each year. And when it gets too hot, down comes the rain. Goa has had some really bad weather, starting last week.

Last Thursday, in the wee hours of the morning, there was a terrible thunderstorm. Complete with high-velocity winds, rain, and scary lightning. The bad weather did not spare the state even a little bit, lasting for almost an hour and creating complete havoc. Most parts of Goa were left in complete darkness, some until 2 and 3 days later. There was flooding and damage done to property and crops in certain parts of the state.

The power failures caused by the bad weather were in turn, caused by the trees that fell down thanks to the strong winds. Winds up to 60 kmph uprooted trees that injured one person when a branch fell on him at Dramapur. An 80-year old woman died at Porvorim while trying to collect coconuts from a canal near her house.

From North Goa right down to the South, there was all kinds of damage thanks to the crazy weather. Thursday and Friday nights also saw a few heavy to light showers but fortunately, none of them seemed to have done more damage. There was another smaller thunderstorm last night too with strong winds but no damages were reported this morning.

Drishti Lifesaving, government-appointed lifeguard service manning the state’s beaches, has also issued warnings to beachgoers to avoid going into the water. The weather is not conducive to swimming, they say.

An article in today’s TOI also states that light rain is likely to fall at different places in Goa. Additionally, The India Meteorological Department (MET Dept.) has requested fishermen not to venture out to sea in the next 48 hours.

Additional links to news about last week’s thunderstorm:

Gusty winds disrupt normal life in South Goa

Heavy losses in Bicholim

Thunderstorm lashes Goa destroys crops & properties

Goa back to dark ages, parts of state powerless for 40 hours

After Whirlwind, Goa Picks Up The Pieces

Be cautious before going for a swim, the sea could have rip currents: Drishti

Light showers expected in parts of Goa

 

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