Gujarat on alert after IMD report says cyclone may hit Saurashtra, Kutch

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A deep depression over the Arabian Sea which brewed over the past two days has intensified into a cyclonic storm and is likely to hit the Gujarat coast on June 13 morning, the India Meteorological Department said Tuesday.

"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.

Several coastal districts in the Saurashtra region were likely to witness heavy to very heavy rains, heralding pre-monsoon showers, according to MeT officials.

The weather department warned that it will intensify into a cyclonic storm by Tuesday afternoon and a severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours.

He further added, "Apart from it, we have called a meeting of all the defense forces and have chose to deploy 15 teams of NDRF in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch from tomorrow morning".

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. "The fishermen are advised not to venture into northeast Arabian sea along and off Gujarat coast on June 12, 13 and 14".

According to the IMD, Cyclone Vayu was around 630 kilometres south-southwest off Mumbai, Maharashtra at 11.30 pm on June 10. Gujarat CM Shri Vijay Rupani is personally monitoring the situation. It is likely to cross the Gujarat coast early morning on June 13, the IMD added. Wind speeds could reach up to 155 kmph during landfall in Gujarat.

The entire Gujarat coastline, starting from Kutch to south Gujarat, has been put on high alert. It said heavy rains were very likely at isolated places in Porbandar, Jamnagar, Dwarka and Kutch on June 14.

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

Cities of Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Bhuj, Surat, and Veraval will also see some rainfall activities in view of Cyclone Vayu, resulting in the abatement of heat wave from many pockets.

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