Cyclonic storm: MeT issues ‘heavy rain’ alert in Gujarat

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It is likely to hit Gujarat on June 12 night, said IMD.

According to the IMD, the cyclone is likely to move almost northwards and 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 early morning of June 13, 2019. Early Tuesday morning, it will intensify into a cyclonic storm and severe cyclonic storm in the subsequent 24 hours.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning of heavy rains with winds blowing at the speed of over 110 kms on June 13 and 14 in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch. To be disaster ready, aircraft AC-17 will carry about 160 personnel of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from Vijaywada to Gujarat to carry out Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) missions, news agency ANI reported.

Cyclonic Storm Vayu which formed over the Southeast Arabian Sea has moved northwards. Yet, it warned fishermen from venturing into the sea till June 13. "The government is also monitoring the situation along with the MeT department and ISRO". "NDRF has pre-positioned 26 teams which are equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipment etc. and moving another 10 teams as requested by the state government of Gujarat", the statement said.

The government also advised people to keep essential items, including drinking water, medicines and charged batteries, in stock and stay away from the sea.

According to an IMD advisory, the "Wind speed is very likely to increase further becoming gale wind speed reaching 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph over east-central & adjoining northeast Arabian Sea".

A day after Kerala received its first delayed monsoon, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that a cyclone is heading towards Gujarat. "Once a storm signal is raised, conditions are not yet necessarily felt in the given area".

The severe cyclonic storm is likely to cause heavy rains and winds in the coastal districts of Saurashtra, such as Amreli, Dwarka, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Porbandar and Kutch. It is likely to move north-northwestwards during next 72 hours, it said.

"June 13 and 14 are crucial for us".

The state has been reeling under soaring mercury levels for several weeks where the maximum temperature was around 43-44 degrees Celsius at several locations.

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