With cyclonic storm Vayu intensifying in the Arabian sea coast, the weather department has put Gujarat on alert. Cyclone Vayu is expected to hit Gujarat coast on June 13 and heavy rainfall warning has been sounded in parts of Gujarat for the next few days. Mumbai will also get affected by cyclonic storm Vayu, but not severely. Per the latest weather report, the cyclonic storm Vayu is located around 650 km south of Veraval coast and is "very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm" in the next 12 hours.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Tuesday said people living in the coastal belt would be shifted to safer places. The entire coastline, starting from Kutch to south Gujarat, has been put on "high alert", he said.
The weatherman has put across an 'orange message' for south Gujarat region on June 12, which warns authorities to be prepared.
Private forecaster skymet said that a deep depression is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm Vayu today. "By that time it would be abeam Mumbai. With long sea travel, low vertical wind shear, and warm sea surface temperatures, the probable cyclone is further expected to gain strength and intensify into a severe cyclone storm," the private forecaster added.
"Mumbai will also be affected Cyclone Vayu but not severely. The cyclone is expected to cross from 250-300 km away, parallel to the Mumbai coast tomorrow, early morning. A cyclonic warning has been issued for fishermen and people living near the coastline," KS Hosalikar, Mumbai weather official was quoted as saying to news agency ANI.
"Cyclone Vayu is likely to cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region as a very severe cyclonic storm with wind speed 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph during mid-night of 12th June 2019," the National Disaster Management Authority tweeted.
#CycloneVayu likely to cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval & Diu region as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph during mid-night of 12th June 2019.— NDMA India (@ndmaindia) June 11, 2019
With cyclonic storm intensifying into a severe cyclone Vayu, places like Jamnagar, Somnath, Porbandar, Dwarka and Nailiya in Kutch would be impacted. It could even herald pre-monsoons rain across Gujarat.
Cyclone Vayu might bring light showers to cities, like Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat, Rajkot, Veraval and Bhuj on June 12 and June 13.
Cyclone Vayu is expected to be closest to the Saurashtra Coast by June 12 and between June 12 and June 14, the western-most parts of Saurashtra and Kutch region in Gujarat could witness squally winds and heavy to very heavy rains, weather officials said.
(With Inputs From ANI, IANS, PTI)