The cyclonic storm Vayu is closing in on the Arabian Sea coast bringing heavy rains and winds sweeping across parts of Gujarat. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has put the state on high alert as the storm surges at speed ranging from 75 km per hour to a maximum of 135 km.
Cyclone Vayu is expected to hit Gujarat coast on June 12 and may to inundate the low lying coastal areas of Porbandar, Junagarh, Gir Somnath and Amreli districts at the time of landfall. Major damage to coastal crops and kutcha houses is feared in the districts. The IMD has also suggested a total suspension of fishing operations in the area.
Under the influence of the cyclone, sudden showers and lightning have been experienced in many parts of Mumbai as far apart as Grant Road, Powai, Goregaon, Navi Mumbai and Thane.
The IMD has issued an “orange” alert for Cyclone Vayu, indicating that it does not expect the storm to cause much damage on land.
15 teams of NRDF deployed
Gujarat government has decided to deploy 15 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch. The Army, Navy and the Coast Guard are also on the alert.
Cyclonic storm is likely to intensify into a severe cyclone. Places like Jamnagar, Somnath, Porbandar, Dwarka and Naliya in Kutch would be impacted.
Wind speed is very likely to increase further becoming gale wind speed reaching 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph over east-central & adjoining northeast Arabian Sea. According to Skymet, it is likely to be 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over South Gujarat and Maharashtra Coasts tomorrow, while it could go up to 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph over north Arabian Sea on June 13.