Gujarat, June 13: Cyclone Vayu, which was expected to make landfall over Gujarat coastline on Thursday afternoon, has now changed its course and moving further into the sea and its severe impact can be seen in Veraval’s Jaleshwar and Porbandar as coastal regions will witness heavy wind speed and heavy rainfall.
Live updates of Cyclone Vayu:
IMD Mumbai : Extent of cyclone is over 900 km. So while eye of cyclone may or may not hit Porbandar, system will still hit.Accompanying risk factors such as wind&storm surge and rainfall, all 3 stay very much threat factors. Hence please don’t relax in preparedness
Six teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are on alert in Porbandar and standby at Chowpatty beach.
Manorama Mohanty, scientist at IMD, Ahmedabad sai, ” Cyclone Vayu will not hit Gujarat. It will pass nearby from Veraval, Porbandar and Dwarka. Its effect will be seen on the coastal regions as there will be heavy wind speed and heavy rain as well.”
: Somnath Temple remains open despite alert
“Ye kudrati aafat hai, kudrat hi rok sakti hai, to kudrat ko hum kya rokein (this is a natural disaster, only nature can stop it, who are we to stop nature). Temples can’t be closed. We have requested tourists not to visit, but ‘aarti’ being performed since many years can’t be stopped.” said Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama when asked why was Somnath Temple opened despite an alert.
All beaches in the Konkan region – Palghar, Thane, Mumbai (city/suburban), Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg – remain shut today.
In view of Cyclone Vayu, food packets are being prepared by various groups in Gujarat’s Rajkot. The food packets will be dispatched to the cyclone-affected areas of the state in accordance with the government officials.
Cyclone Vayu changes course overnight
As per the IMD, Cyclone Vayu over the east-central Arabian Sea has changed course overnight and has moved north-northwestwards in the last six hours. It is 130 kilometres southwest of Veraval in Gujarat and 180 kilometres south of Porbandar. It is likely to move north-northwestwards for some time and then northwestwards, skirting Saurashtra coast with wind speed 135-145 kmph from this afternoon.
The sea condition is very likely to be very rough to high along and off the Maharashtra Coast today.
Extremely heavy rain in districts of Saurashtra-Kutch
The IMD bulletin forecasts heavy to very rains are very likely at a few places with extremely heavy falls in the districts of Saurashtra-Kutch namely Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli, Gir Somnath, Diu. Heavy to very heavy rains very likely at a few places in the districts of Saurashtra namely Rajkot, Jamnagar, Morbi, Dwarka, Bhavnagar, Kutch. Heavy rains at isolated places in Botad, Surendranagar. Heavy rains are very likely at isolated places in the districts of Gujarat region namely Anand, Surat, Navsari, Dang, Valsad, Daman, Dadra Nagar Haveli today.
Flight services to five airports in Gujarat – Porbandar, Diu, Bhavnagar, Keshod and Kandla – will remain suspended till Thursday midnight.