Cyclone 'Vayu' intensifies into severe cyclonic storm

Cyclone Vayu likely to hit Gujarat on June 13 coastal cities brace for inundation crop damage

India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Cyclone Vayu is expected to touch Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva as a severe cyclonic storm with wind speed 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph during the early morning of June 13. "The cyclone's effect will prevail over Gujarat on June 12, 13 and 14", he added.

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

Cyclone Vayu is expected to be the closest to the Saurashtra Coast tomorrow, giving heavy rains, very strong winds and very rough sea conditions. "It is very likely to cause adverse impact in terms of wind and rainfall over Saurashtra and Kutch, mainly on June 13 and 14". Orange alerted cyclonic storm is expected to bring widespread rain all along India's western coast, as per IMD. It is likely to move north-northwestwards during the next three days (by Thursday).

Fishermen who ventured into the sea have been called back, he said.

"We have also asked all the ports to display the danger signal number 1", he said.

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

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It is very likely to intensify further into a deep depression during the next six hours, into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours and into a severe cyclonic storm thereafter.

IMD said that Vayu was positioned 630 kilometres south-southwest of Mumbai at 11.30 pm on Monday night and was moving in a northwards direction. In a high-level meeting after the IMD warning, the state government deployed 15 teams of NDRF.

"Heavy to very heavy rain is likely at isolated places in the districts of Saurashtra - Gir Somnath, Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli, Jamnagar, Dwarka and in Diu".

Pankaj Kumar also chaired a multi-department meeting to take stock of the situation and tackle any emergency arising out of the cyclonic activity.

Gujarat has been put on alert.

Gujarat is at presently reeling under severe heat wave as the maximum temperatures in major cities, including Ahmedabad, hovering over 43 degrees Celsius since the last week of May.

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