IMD has officially informed that the Vayu cyclone has changed the course and now is unlikely to make landfall on Gujarat coast. Cyclone Vayu has taken a slight westward movement. It will go parallel to the Gujarat coast the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Thursday. The direction of the cyclone is diverted into the deep sea, but can cause strong winds and rain around the coastal area. The centre of the storm -- known as the eye -- has slightly moved away from the Gujarat coast, but its diameter is well over 900 km. The MeT department alerted that though the eye of the cyclone may or may not hit Porbandar, the system will still have an impact on the coastal regions. Earlier, the forecast said that Vayu is expected to cross Gujarat coast between Dwarka and Veraval as a "very severe cyclonic storm" with a wind speed of 155-165 km per hour gusting to 180 km per hour on Thursday afternoon. Cyclone Vayu is the second deadliest cyclone to hit the state since 1998 that had ravaged port town Kandla killing 1,241 persons. As many as 2.81 lakh people in 500 coastal villages were shifted to safer locations. Around 10,000 tourists and pilgrims in Dwarka, Porbandar and Somnath were also shifted out of the towns in specially arranged buses. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani made a fervent appeal to people to shift from vulnerable areas. “Considering the forecast of very heavy rain and stormy sea conditions, there is a possibility of flash floods in the coastal areas. We have directed all district collectors to ensure 100% evacuation in the 10 km areas from the coast," he said.
Published On: Jun 13, 2019