Cyclonic Storm Vayu changes its course slightly, now won’t hit Gujarat: IMD

Cyclonic Storm Vayu has changed its course slightly and now won’t hit Gujarat. Manorama Mohanty, scientist at the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Ahmedabad, said the cyclone will pass nearby from Veraval, Porbandar, Dwarka. Its effect will be seen on the coastal regions as there will be heavy wind speed and heavy rain as well.

Earlier, the cyclone was expected to make landfall on Thursday afternoon.

According to the latest weather report, the cyclone has intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm and would hit the Gujarat coast anywhere between Veraval in the south and Dwarka in the west Thursday afternoon.

The state government has shifted around three lakh people from low-lying areas of Saurashtra and Kutch regions.

Flight operations to remain suspended

The Airports Authority of India announced that flight operations will remain suspended at five airports in Gujarat for 24 hours from midnight Wednesday to minimise the damage to airport infrastructure and to avoid inconvenience to passengers due to the cyclone.