Cyclone Vayu has moved westward away from Gujarat while losing its intensity gradually. The storm is likely to turn northward on Saturday and then eastward on Saturday. Forecasts suggest that after taking this U-turn, Vayu is likely to make landfall around northwestern Gujarat on Tuesday with much weaker intensity as a Deep Depression.
Thursday, June 13, 6:30 pm IST
Forecast for Friday
Cyclone Vayu will continue to move northwest and will turn to westward around Friday Morning. It will maintain Very Severe Cyclonic Storm intensity until early morning hours of Sunday. Vayu should weaken into Cyclonic Storm intensity on Monday and into Deep depression intensity on Tuesday.
Total rainfall may reach up to 50 mm in west coastal Gujarat on Friday. Gale winds of up to 70 kmph is expected along the west coast of Gujarat throughout Friday. Heavy rain, flooding, storm surge and gusty winds are possible over the coast of Gujarat.
Thursday, June 13, 4:30 pm IST
Heavy rains and strong winds in Saurashtra
The very severe cyclonic storm Vayu is moving northwestwards and has started skirting the Saurashtra coast. Coastal areas of Gujarat have been witnessing persistent heavy rainfall and the IMD forecasts suggest that heavy rains will continue in the region at least till the evening.
Gale winds continue in the coastal area with Porbandar reported winds 83 kmph during Thursday afternoon. The wind speed is likely to increase up to 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph during the next 3 hours over Gir Somnath, Diu, Junagarh, Porbandar and Devbhoomi Dwarka.
Thursday, June 13, 3:30 pm IST
Response actions pick pace
- Relief materials have been embarked Indian Navy Ships Chennai, Gomati and Deepak at Mumbai have been with, and are ready to be deployed at short notice. More than 5000 litres of drinking water is also being fetched on board.
- Aircraft and helicopters will be deployed for the damage assessment and Search and Rescue operations as required. Seven aircraft and three helicopters are on standby for deployment.
- Two Diving and Rescue teams and three Medical teams are ready to render necessary assistance.
- Preparations have been undertaken to set up a community kitchen at Dwarka and Porbandar.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi, held a telephonic discussion with the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani and assured all kinds of necessary support from the centre.
Thursday, June 13, 02:00 pm IST
Heavy rainfall forecast
The latest forecasts suggest a total rainfall of around 500 mm between Dwarka and Porbandar in Kathiawar peninsula in Gujarat for the next four days. Saurashtra and Kutch are expected to receive widespread rainfall today and tomorrow. Isolated places in the coastal districts of Saurashtra are likely to receive extremely heavy rainfall. Other regions in Gujarat are also expected to receive rains with chances of heavy rainfall at isolated places. IMD reports that Vayu still remains stationary at about 170 km south-southwest of Diu 120 km southwest of Veraval, Gujarat.
Thursday, June 13, 01.00 pm IST
77 trains cancelled
In the wake of the rough weather conditions due to cyclone Vayu, the Indian Railways has cancelled 77 trains and short-terminated 33 others. Although the chances of the cyclone making landfall over the coast of Gujarat has been ruled out, it is expected to trigger heavy rainfall, gusty winds and rough sea conditions in several coastal districts of the state
Thursday, June 13, 12.30 pm IST
The very severe cyclonic storm Vayu which was moving north-northwestwards has come to an abrupt halt on Thursday morning. As per the latest IMD forecast, Vayu remains practically stationary and lay centred around 130 km south of Porbandar at 10:30 am.
Moreover, the intensity of the storm has also dropped slightly. The sustained wind speed has come down to 135-145 kmph gusting to 160 kmph at 10:30 from 160 kmph gusting to 190 kmph.
IMD forecasts that the storm is very likely to move north-northwestwards for some time and then curve northwestwards skirting the Saurashtra coast affecting Gir Somnath, Diu, Junagarh, Porbandar and Devbhoomi Dwarka from Thursday afternoon onwards.
Wednesday, June 12, 10:00 am IST
Weather alerts for Gujarat until the end of the week
According to The Weather Channel’s Met Team, Gujarat may get about 200 mm precipitation until Friday dawn. Let’s take a look at some of the areas where the IMD expects rain until Friday.
Wednesday, June 12:
- Thunderstorm and lightning and 40-50 kmph winds in north Gujarat, especially Banaskantha and Sabarkantha.
- Heavy-to-very heavy rains in Saurashtra, namely Amreli, Bhavnagar, Gir Somnath, Junagadh and Diu. Heavy rains in South Gujarat, namely Navsari, Valsad, Daman, Dadra Nagar Haveli.
Tuesday, June 11, 08.15 am IST
Cyclone Vayu intensifies; Set to hit Gujarat
The India Meteorological Department has confirmed that the deep depression over the Arabian Sea has intensified into a cyclonic storm at 11:30 pm on Monday night. Forecasts suggest that the storm is very likely to intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 24 hours. On Tuesday morning, the cyclone is located 540 km south-southwest of Mumbai and and is very likely to move nearly northwards. IMD forecasts that Vayu is very likely to cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval & Diu region as a Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph during Thursday early morning.