Cyclone Vayu to hit Gujarat on June 13


According to the IMD, the cyclone is likely to move almost northwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval & Diu region as a Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph during early morning of June 13, 2019. It is likely to strengthen into a severe cyclonic storm by June 12.

"10 Chinese vessels seek shelter at the Ratnagiri port (in Maharashtra) to avoid being hit by the fury of Cyclone Vayu".

The cyclone, to be called Vayu, is heading northwards towards Gujarat, parallel to India's western coast.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning of heavy rains with winds blowing at the speed of over 110 kms on June 13 and 14 in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch.

The IMD issued orange alert as it doesn't expect the cyclone to cause much damage.

The seas are bound to be rough in Kerala, Karnataka and Lakshadweep coasts during the day given the predicted wind speed of 40-60 kmph.

"We have also asked all the ports to display the danger signal number 1", he said. Gujarat CM Shri Vijay Rupani is personally monitoring the situation.

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The entire Gujarat coastline, starting from Kutch to south Gujarat, has been put on high alert.

Heavy to very heavy rains very likely at many places in the districts of Saurashtra, South Gujarat, Diu, Daman and Dadra Nagar Haveli in coming two days.

Vayu will become a Severe Cyclonic Storm by tonight and further intensify into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm further giving heavy to very heavy rains over many parts of Saurashtra in Gujarat.

After the weather warning, the government convened a high-level meeting in which it chose to deploy 15 teams of the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) immediately.

Gujarat Chief Secretary J.N. Singh told reporters in Gandhinagar that going by information from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclone was likely to make a landfall near Veraval between 6 am and 7 am on Wednesday.

Gujarat is at present reeling under severe heat wave as the maximum temperature in major cities, including Ahmedabad, has been over 43 degrees Celsius since the last week of May.