Cyclone Vayu not to hit Gujarat, will pass nearby from Veraval, Porbandar & Dwarka: IMD

High tides at the Chowpatty beach in Porbandar on Wednesday. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 13, 2019, 09.07 AM (IST)

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said today that Cyclone Vayu won't be hitting Gujarat, instead it will pass nearby from Veraval, Porbandar and Dwarka.

"Cyclone Vayu's effect will be seen on the coastal regions as there will be heavy wind speed and heavy rain as well," Manorama Mohanty, scientist at India Meteorological Department, said.

Ahead of the cyclone due to high tide in the Arabian Sea, all beaches in Kokan region were shut down. Gujarat had taken elaborate measures with food packets prepared for regions which may have been affected, now the threat has passed.

Earlier, the cyclone was moving straight towards the Gujarat coast, but is has now slightly moved away, the (IMD) said.

"But going by its extension, there is no relief from the high alert sounded for the Gujarat coast. The cyclonic storm is going to hit Porbandar in Gujarat and other parts till Kutch area," an IMD official said.

The IMD will issue further updates about the cyclone in the afternoon.

"The threat of a surge in wind, dust storm and rainfall stays very much. The centre of the storm - known as the eye - has slightly moved away from the Gujarat coast, but its diameter is well over 900 km," the official added.

More than 2.75 lakh people were evacuated in Gujarat ahead of the cyclone. While heading towards Gujarat earlier, the cyclonic storm had brought some good spell of rain to Mumbai and neighbouring Raigad, Thane and Palghar districts of Maharashtra.

Strong winds hit several areas as the entrance of Somnath Temple in Gir Somnath district was damaged. Strong winds were also seen in  Veraval as the sea turned rough.

 "The sea condition is very likely to very rough to high along and off Maharashtra coast and northern parts of east and central Arabian Sea," the IMD said.

Gujarat had posted several teams of NDRF troops including Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard to mitigate any damage from Cyclone Vayu. The state's disaster management team was also put on standby with police patrolling throughout the night on Wednesday.