Cyclone Vayu, which is currently located at the severe cyclonic storm over northeast, northwest and Central Arabian Sea, is expected to hit north Gujarat coast on Monday midnight as a Depression, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted on Sunday.
As the IMD bulletin at 4:30 pm Sunday, the severe cyclonic storm was situated over Northeast and adjoining northwest and Central Arabian Sea, about 490 km of Porbandar in Gujarat, 450 km of Dwarka and 550 km of Bhuj in Gujarat.
The weatherman predicted that the system is expected to gradually weaken into a Cyclonic Storm in the next 12 hours and then into a Deep Depression in the following 24 hours.
Cyclone Vayu is likely to move northwards during the next six hours, following which it could recurve and cross north Gujarat coast by midnight of June 17 as a Depression, the IMD forecast read.
The IMD issued a heavy rainfall alert for a few places in Saurashtra and Kutch in Gujarat and in Rajasthan on Monday (June 17) and Tuesday (June 18) and in North Gujarat region on Tuesday. It issued a yellow alert – which means to ‘be updated’ – for places in Saurashtra, Kutch and Rajasthan and an orange alert – be prepared – for places in Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Strong winds with the speed of 35-45 kmph gusting to 55 kmph are very likely to be over Gujarat coast on Monday, which are likely to become squally winds by evening with speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph.
As per the IMD, the sea condition is expected to become rough to very rough along and off Gujarat coast till June 17. The fishermen have also been advised not to venture into the north Arabian Sea, northern parts of central Arabian Sea and along and off Gujarat coast till June 17, 2019.