Cyclone Vayu to intensify, heavy rainfall warning in Goa: IMD

Gujarat Cyclone Warning

Gujarat Cyclone Warning

Cyclone Vayu, which developed from a deep depression off the coast of Lakshadweep on late Monday night, is now heading towards Saurashtra in Gujarat and is expected to intensify into a "very severe storm" by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

Gujarat has been put on alert. However, the cyclone could disturb its advancement and further delay the monsoon, another official said.

"June 13 and 14 are crucial for us". We have also roped in Army, Navy, Coast Guard and BSF units.

Main focus will be on safe evacuation, which will begin tomorrow.

Gujarat ports and transport department's principal secretary Sunaina Tomar said a disaster management plan has been put in place at all ports of the state.

"We have installed power generators at all the ports".

"A heavy rain warning has been issued for Saurashtra and Kutch on June 13 and 14 due to the depression in the Arabian Sea which will turn into a severe cyclonic storm", state meteorological department director Jayanta Sarkar told reporters in Ahmedabad.

"It is very likely to move almost northward and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region as a Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 110-120 kilometres per hour gusting to 135 kilometres per hour during early morning of June 13", the bulletin said. "It is very likely to be 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over South Gujarat and Maharashtra Coasts" on June 12, while it could go up to 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph over north Arabian Sea on June 13. However, the warning means that fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea till the storm subsides.

The cyclone would leave its impact on the coastal districts, including Kutch, Bhavnagar, Gir-Somnath, Porbandar, Amreli and Junagadh, he said.

Though, the cyclone is unlikely to affect Mumbai heavily except that it will bring moderate spells of rainfall over the next two days. Rain would also occur in some pockets of south Gujarat. "We have ordered schools, colleges and anganwadis in the districts which are likely to be hit by the cyclone to remain shut on June 12 and 13", Mr. Kumar said.

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