South Mumbai was battered by heavy rain and lashing winds on Wednesday as unprecedented incidents of flooding were witnessed at several key spots with the Indian Meteorological Department’s Colaba centre recording mm of rain in 12 hours—incidentally, the highest August rain received in a period of 24 hours since 1974. On Wednesday, it was the island city that bore the most brunt, as IMD’s Santacruz centre recorded 103mm rain for the 12 hours ending , the same period in which South Mumbai received record rainfall. As heavy rain hit the city on Wednesday, wind speeds in South Mumbai averaged 70-80kmph, occasionally hitting 106kmph. Their intensity could be gauged from the fact that the normal wind speed ranges between 10-15kmph in monsoon.
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