'Weakened' Cyclone Vayu likely to hit coasts of Gujarat's Saurashtra and Kutch by tomorrow evening, says IMD

In a tweet, Gujarat Additional Chief Secretary Pankaj Kumar had said the rainfall activity due to Cyclone Vayu is set to decrease along the coast and the interior parts of the state, while the western parts will continue to receive light to moderate rains.

Press Trust of India June 16, 2019 14:32:54 IST
'Weakened' Cyclone Vayu likely to hit coasts of Gujarat's Saurashtra and Kutch by tomorrow evening, says IMD
  • The IMD informed that the cyclone moved westwards with a speed of about 6 km per hour overnight before positioning itself around Porbandar and Veraval

  • The weather forecasting agency said that the impact of Vayu had led to heavy to very heavy rainfall in isolated places in Saurashtra

  • Because of the impact of the cyclone, Sutrapada taluka of Gir Somnath received 108 mm rainfall in 24 hours till Saturday morning

Ahmedabad: A gradually weakened cyclone Vayu is likely to reach coastal Saurashtra and Kutch in Gujarat as a depression by Monday evening, the latest bulletin of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) stated Saturday.

The IMD informed that the cyclone moved westwards with a speed of about 6 km per hour overnight before positioning itself around 275 kilometres west-southwest of Porbandar and 330 kilometres west-southwest of Veraval on Saturday morning.

Weakened Cyclone Vayu likely to hit coasts of Gujarats Saurashtra and Kutch by tomorrow evening says IMD

Screen grab of cyclone Vayu at 1.50 pm Thursday. IMD website

"The system is very likely to move westwards during next 24 to 36 hours with gradual weakening and recurve northeastwards thereafter and reach coastal Saurashtra and
Kutch as a depression by the evening of 17 June, 2019," it further said.

The IMD said that the impact of Vayu had led to heavy to very heavy rainfall in isolated places in Saurashtra, while the entire state received scattered rainfall on Saturday.

Because of the impact of the cyclone, Sutrapada taluka of Gir Somnath received 108 mm rainfall in 24 hours till Saturday morning, while Talala in the same district received 102 mm rainfall, it said.

In a tweet, Gujarat Additional Chief Secretary Pankaj Kumar said, "#CycloneVayu is still maintaining its intensity. Rainfall activity is set to decrease along the coast and the interior parts of #Gujarat, while the western parts of the state will continue to receive light to moderate rains."

On Friday evening, M Rajeevan, Secretary of the Ministry of Earth Sciences had told PTI that Vayu was likely to recurve on 16 June and hit Kutch on 17-18.

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