Cyclone Vayu set to intensify, mar rainfall in West, South

Cyclone Vayu is strengthening in the Arabian Sea and heading towards western India

Nearly 300,000 people are set to be evacuated in the western Indian state of Gujarat out of the path of a severe cyclonic storm due in two days, authorities said Tuesday.

By Tuesday noon, the India Met Department (IMD) located Cyclone Vayu over east-central Arabian Sea, about 340 km west-southwest of Goa, 490 km south-southwest of Mumbai, and 630 km south of Veraval.

The Indian Meteorological Department has said that thunderstorm and lightning accompanied with gusty wind (40-50kmph) is very likely at isolated places in the districts of North Gujarat region including Banaskantha and Sabarkantha today and tomorrow (Thursday). High alert in GujaratMeanwhile, high alert has been issued along the Gujarat state.

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.

The officials concerned are in touch with the Odisha government to learn and implement the disaster management techniques adopted by them when cyclone Fani hit the eastern coastal state recently, he said.

"June 13 and 14 are crucial for us".

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

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The IMD has put Gujarat on alert with likely Cyclone Vayu closing in on the Arabian Sea coast bringing heavy rains and winds sweeping across parts of the state at speed ranging from 75 km per hour to a maximum of 135 km. We have roped-in the Army, NDRF, Coast Guard and other agencies for rescue and relief work.

IMD Goa is monitoring the cyclonic development through Doppler Radar, the facility which was put in operation a year ago.

The government has made a decision to deploy 30 teams of the NDRF in the coastal districts.

A spokesman for Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd said it was preparing to move employees at two ports it runs in the state to safer areas. The cyclone would leave its impact on the coastal districts, including Kutch, Bhavnagar, Gir-Somnath, Porbandar, Amreli and Junagadh.

India's biggest oil refinery, owned by Reliance Industries, is also based in Gujarat.

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.

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