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Cyclone Vayu: Severe storm expected in Gujarat, govt deploys NDRF

Cyclone Vayu: Severe storm expected in Gujarat, govt deploys NDRF

However, it has warned fishermen from venturing into the sea till June 13.

Sarkar said the severe cyclonic storm is likely to cause heavy rains and winds in the coastal districts of Saurashtra, like Bhavnagar, Amreli, Junagadh, Jamangar, Porbandar, Dwarka and also Kutch.

Cyclonic storm Vayu is intensifying in the Arabian Sea and will turn into a severe cyclonic storm that is likely to hit the Gujarat coast on Thursday.

It deployed National Disaster Response Force personnel in the coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch on Tuesday morning.

On Monday the State experienced gusty winds with speeds of 35 to 40kmph.

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According to the IMD, Cyclone Vayu was around 630 kilometres south-southwest off Mumbai, Maharashtra at 11.30 pm on June 10. "Those out in deep seas are advised return to the coast", said Sarkar. Gujarat CM Shri Vijay Rupani is personally monitoring the situation.

After the weather warning, the government convened a high-level meeting in which it chose to deploy 15 teams of the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) immediately. He urged all the departments concerned to work in close co-ordination and directed the rescue, relief and other departments to conduct a mock drill in Suarashtra and Kutch, if required.

Gujarat Chief Secretary J.N. Singh told reporters in Gandhinagar that going by information from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclone was likely to make a landfall near Veraval between 6 am and 7 am on Wednesday. The storm is expected to peak on June 13 when the wind speed could reach 135 kilometres per hour (kmph). But as it got late to arrive in Kerala this year, it is expected to be delayed by a week in Gujarat. Public Storm Warning Signals are raised to warn the public of incoming weather disturbances. "Thunderstorm and lightning accompanied with gusty wind (40-50kmph) is very likely at isolated places in Banaskantha and Sabarkantha of North Gujarat region on June 13", said IMD's forecast.

"June 13 and 14 are crucial for us".

Gujarat is at presently reeling under severe heat wave as the maximum temperatures in major cities, including Ahmedabad, hovering over 43 degrees Celsius since the last week of May.