Cyclone Vayu will change its path again and is likely to hit Gujarat’s Kutch on June 17th or 18, as per top official of the Ministry of Earth Sciences said on Friday.
The very severe cyclonic storm will also reduce in intensity and turn into a severe cyclonic storm by Saturday morning accoring to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
“The system is moving nearly westwards affecting Porbandar, Devbhoomi Dwarka districts with wind speed 50-60 kilometres per hour gusting to 70 kilometres per hour and Gir Somnath and Junagadh districts with wind speed 30-40 kilometres per hour gusting to 50 kilometres per hour. The wind speed over these districts is very likely to decrease gradually,” read the Cyclone Warning Division at the 5.30 pm bulletin.
“The system is very likely to move nearly westwards during next 48 hours and recurve northeastwards thereafter,” it added.
By the 16th of June, Cyclone Vayu is likely to become a cyclonic storm with an expected wind speed of 80-90 kilometres per hour. The intensity of the cyclone is likely to reduce and it may hit the coast as a cyclonic storm or a deep depression.
The Gujarat government has been alerted about the possible recurvature of the cyclonic storm.
Cyclone Vayu was to hit the Gujarat coast on Thursday, but it changed course on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday. It skirted the Gujarat coast, affecting Gir, Somnath, Diu, Junagarh and Porbandar.
As a precautionary measure, the state government has evacuated over three lakh people living along the coast.
Source : Various