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Severe rainfall warning as cyclone develops in Arabian Sea

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Bennie Garza | 12 June, 2019, 07:30

Vayu, now a cyclonic storm in the Arabian Sea, is set to intensify and make landfall in Gujarat on Thursday packing winds gusting up to 135 kilometres per hour and heavy rains, forecasters say.

The officials concerned are in touch with the Odisha government to learn and implement the disaster management techniques adopted by them when cyclone Fani hit the eastern coastal state recently, he said. It was centred over the Eastcentral Arabian Sea, about 460 km north-northwest of Aminidivi (Lakshadweep), 540 km southsouthwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra) and 690 km almost south of Veraval (Gujarat) during the early morning hours.

IMD Goa is monitoring the cyclonic development through Doppler Radar, the facility which was put in operation past year.

It has also advised fishermen against venturing into the sea in the next few days while ports have been directed to flag a danger signal.

According to the IMD, heavy rains with winds blowing at the speed of over 110 km on are likely on June 13 and 14 in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch. They also asked the provincial government, administrative authorities to remain alert to Vayu's impact.

The Gujarat government has ordered the shutdown of schools and educational institutes in several parts of the state till June 15 in the wake of Cyclone Vayu.

The weather department warned that it will intensify into a cyclonic storm by Tuesday afternoon and a severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours. Additional Chief Secretary Shri Pankaj Kumar told AIR that administration is fully prepared to meet any situation. We have also roped in Army, Navy, Coast Guard and BSF units. We have made a decision to deploy 15 teams of NDRF in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch from tomorrow morning.

On Monday, the depression over south-east adjoining Lakshadweep and east-central Arabian Sea, moved northwards with a speed of about 31 kmph.

In its forecast for 13 June, the IMD said,"Gale wind speed of the order of 110-120 kilometres per hour gusting to 135 kilometres per hour very likely over north Arabian Sea and Gujarat coast in morning hours and decrease gradually thereafter".

D Sivananda Pai, head of the IMD's long-range forecasting said, "Progress of the monsoon seems unlikely till 15-16 June because the cyclone will drag moisture away".

A day after Kerala received its first delayed monsoon, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that a cyclone is heading towards Gujarat.

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