‘Very Severe cyclone ‘Vayu now 725 km southeast of Karachi

Clay Curtis
June 12, 2019

On Wednesday, Tropical Cyclone Vayu will pass about 125 miles (200 km) west of Mumbai before making landfall in Gujarat state on India's western coast on Thursday.

Cyclone Vayu, is expected to peak on Thursday (13 June), with wind speeds of over 135 kmph over waters of the Arabian sea.

Indian authorities are evacuating almost 300,000 people on the west coast ahead of Cyclone Vayu.

"It is very likely to move almost northward and cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region as a severe cyclonic storm with wind speed 110-120 kilometres per hour gusting to 135 kilometres per hour during early morning of June 13", it said.

The IMD has issued a warning for Saurashtra and Kutch region in Gujarat which would receive widespread rainfall and heavy to very heavy showers in isolated areas on June 13.

The entire coastline has been on high alert since yesterday, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani told reporters. Vayu has turned into a "very severe" cyclone and it is expected that its impact will continue to be strong for 24 hours even after the landfall - between Porbandar and Union territory Diu, the official said.

With Cyclone Vayu inching closer, the Gujarat government launched a massive evacuation exercise to shift about three lakh people from low-lying areas of Saurashtra and Kutch regions.

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The monsoon was already about a week late in arriving at Kerala on the southern coast this year, and much of the country has broiled in a summer heatwave in recent weeks.

The NDRF or National Disaster Response Force has mobilised 35 teams in Gujarat & 4 teams in Diu in coordination with the local administration.

The port at the Gulf of Cambay in Gujarat has suspended all operations. He also recommended help from the state transport services which will provide tourists to move to safer places before the cyclone is expected.

India's biggest oil refinery, owned by Reliance Industries, is also based in Gujarat.

"But in case the course changes or intensifies, the refinery is ready for any contingency", the executive said, declining to be named because he was not authorised to speak to journalists.

A powerful cyclone ravaged the eastern state of Orissa in May.

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