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Cyclone Vayu to skirt Saurashtra coast, affect Gir Somnath, Junagadh, Porbandar and Diu

A view of the Somnath Temple in Gir Somnath district of Gujarat on June 12, 2019, a day before cyclone Vayu over the Arabian Sea was poised to skirt the Saurashtra coast.
A view of the Somnath Temple in Gir Somnath district of Gujarat on June 12, 2019, a day before cyclone Vayu over the Arabian Sea was poised to skirt the Saurashtra coast.
Vayu, the very severe cyclonic storm over the Arabian Sea, is expected to skirt the Saurashtra coast from this afternoon with wind speed 135-145 kmph, gusting to 160 kmph, affecting the districts of Gir Somnath, Junagadh, Porbandar and Devbhoomi Dwarka in Gujarat and the Union Territory of Diu.
 
But, even as the cyclone changed its course towards the sea overnight and it appeared that it may not cross the coast, the authorities in Gujarat had evacuated some three lakh people from the coastal areas and the Diu administration had shifted about 10,000 people to safety by yesterday evening.
 
A bulletin issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) at 0830 hours today said the cyclone over Eastcentral and adjoining Northeast Arabian Sea had moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 11 kmph in the previous six hours and lay centred at 0530 hrs IST near latitude 20.3°N and longitude 69.5°E, about 150 km south-southwest of Diu, 110 km southwest of Veraval (Gujarat) and 150 km nearly south of Porbandar (Gujarat).
 
"It is very likely to move north-northwestwards for some time and then northwestwards skirting the Saurashtra coast affecting Gir Somnath, Diu, Junagarh, Porbandar and Devbhoomi Dwarka with wind speed 135-145 kmph gusting to 160 kmph from afternoon of 13th June 2019," the  bulletin said.
 
The bulletin said widespread rainfall would occur over Saurashtra and Kutch regions of Gujarat today and tomorrow, with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places.
 
It also forecast fairly widespread rainfall with heavy falls at isolated places in Konkan and Goa and other parts of Gujarat today.
 
The bulletin said gale wind speed of the order of 135-145 kmph, gusting to 160 kmph, was very likely over north Arabian Sea and Gujarat coast today. It is very likely to be 50-60 kmph, gusting to 70 kmph, over north Maharashtra coast and northern parts of eastcentral Arabian Sea.
 
Tomorrow, gale wind speed of the order of 120-130 kmph, gusting to 145 kmph, was very likely over north Arabian Sea and Gujarat coast in the morning hours, after which it will decrease gradually. It is very likely to be 40-50 kmph, gusting to 60 kmph, over northern parts of eastcentral Arabian Sea.
 
On June 15, gale wind speed of the order of 100-110 kmph, gusting to 125 kmph, is very likely over north Arabian Sea and Gujarat coast till evening and decrease gradually thereafter.
 
The bulletin said the sea condition will be phenomenal over north Arabian Sea and Gujarat coast till June 15 and over northern parts of eastcentral Arabian Sea during the next 12 hours.
 
The sea condition is very likely to be very rough to high along and off north Maharashtra coast today, it said.
 
Fishermen were advised not to venture into the sea in the affected areas during this period.
 
According to the bulletin, storm surge of height of about 1.6m near Mangrol, Junagadh district above the astronomical tides was likely to inundate the low-lying coastal areas this afternoon.
 
The IMD warned of the possible destruction of thatched houses, extensive damage to kutcha houses and some damage to pucca houses in Gir Somnath, Junagadh, Porbandar, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Diu. It warned of uprooting and bending of power and communication poles, damage to roads, flooding of escape routes, minor disruption of railways, overhead power lines and signalling systems.
 
There could also be widespread damage to standing crops, plantation, orchards, falling of green coconuts and tearing of palm fronds. 
 
The IMD called for regulation of road and rail traffic in  the districts likely to be affected, total suspension of fishing operations and evacuation of people from low-lying areas.
 
People in the areas likely to be hit by the cyclone have been advised to remain indoors.
 
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