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Cyclone Vayu to strike Gujarat coast in 48 hours

The cyclonic storm will intensify into a severe cyclonic storm and cause heavy rainfall when it strikes Saurashtra and Kutch

 
By Pratik Sharma
Last Updated: Wednesday 12 June 2019
Cyclone Vayu moves towards Gujarat coast. Image: Earth Nullschool
Cyclone Vayu moves towards Gujarat coast. Image: Earth Nullschool Cyclone Vayu moves towards Gujarat coast. Image: Earth Nullschool

Cyclonic storm Vayu, which is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours, may hit Gujarat coast and bring heavy rainfall and winds at the speed of 110 kilometres per hour (kmph) to Saurashtra and Kutch on June 13 and 14, said India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The IMD also said the cyclone is likely to move north-northwest along the west coast during the next 72 hours.

The storm will cause heavy rainfall in coastal Karnataka, Kerala, Konkan and Goa and heavy to very heavy rainfall in Saurashtra in the coming days.

As forecast, the deep depression in south Arabian Sea intensified into cyclonic storm this early morning. Vayu is intensifying rapidly and is likely to strike Saurashtra and Mahuva around Verala and Diu as a severe cyclonic storm by late night of June 12 or early morning of June 13, said Skymet Wearther.

Porbandar, Veraval, Jamnagar, Dwarka, Junagarh and Okha can face damaging winds at the speed of 110-135 kmph.

While Mumbai will escape the fury of the cyclone, it will still see good rains and high velocity winds. Sea conditions are also likely to be rough or very rough along the Maharashtra coast on June 12 as the cyclone passes by, according to Skymet Weather.

There is a sign of relief for Rajasthan as well. According to Skymet Wearther, due change in wind direction, dust storm and thunder storm activities will be seen in some parts of Rajasthan on June 11.

Rajasthan has been experiencing severe heat wave conditions since many days now. On June 10, the temperature of Churu was recorded above 50 degrees Celsius. Due to this cyclonic storm, Rajasthan is also expected to get thundershowers by June 12 and 13 leading to a minor drop in temperature over the region.

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