Very severe cyclonic storm Vayu earlier predicted to bather Gujarat may miss to hit the state as it has trajectory overnight. Tropical Cyclone Vayu, which formed Monday, strengthened on Tuesday into a hurricane-strength tropical cyclone (meaning winds in excess of 120 kph, or 75 mph) in the Arabian Sea. The Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force and the Border Security Force have been put on high alert.
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".
The weather department has forecast dust storms and heavy rainfall in the coastal districts. Heavy to very heavy rain is likely at several places in Saurashtra, South Gujarat, Diu, Daman and Dadra Nagar Haveli in the next two days.
Meanwhile, around 2,50,000 people have been evacuated in Gujarat and officials are continously monitoring the situation.
Members of the National Disaster Response Force's (NDRF) 5 Battalion used boats to rescue a woman living on Shiyal Bet Island and deliver her safely to a hospital in the nearby city of Jafrabad, where she gave birth to a baby boy.More news: Blues hoist Stanley Cup for first time | NHL
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Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZ) said Wednesday it has suspended vessel operations at its Tuna and Mundra Port in Gujarat for next 24 hours in the wake of cyclone Vayu hitting the state.
The railways has cancelled 77 trains and short terminated 33 others due to Cyclone Vayu, the Western Railways said on June 13.
It will resume its journey northwards and cross the Gujarat coast between Dwarka and Veraval, which is slightly West-North-West to the landfall area projected earlier. "If it is possible, you can go back, it is a request". The State government has also appealed the tourists to leave to safer places.
A day after Kerala received its first delayed monsoon, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that a cyclone is heading towards Gujarat. Both the administrations have also been advised for timely evacuation of people from the low-lying coastal and vulnerable areas. "We have directed all district collectors to ensure 100% evacuation in the 10 km areas from the coast", he said.