The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in the wee hours of Tuesday that a deep depression in the east-central and adjoining Southeast Arabian Sea had intensified into Cyclonic Storm Vayu and could hit Gujarat coast by Thursday.
PANJIM: IMD Goa Observatory has issued a severe rainfall warning for the State for the next 24 hours as a cyclone is fast developing on the South-East Arabian Sea along the western coast. "It is very likely to cause adverse impact in terms of wind and rainfall over Saurashtra and Kutch, mainly on June 13 and 14". It is very likely to intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm tonight.
The seas are bound to be rough in Kerala, Karnataka and Lakshadweep coasts during the day given the predicted wind speed of 40-60 kmph.
It was centred over the Eastcentral Arabian Sea, about 460 km north-northwest of Aminidivi (Lakshadweep), 540 km southsouthwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra) and 690 km almost south of Veraval (Gujarat) during the early morning hours.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea in the next few days and ports have been asked to flag the danger signal, he said.
"In the meeting with the state government authorities, all possible safety and preventive measures were duscussed, including the deployment of NDRF, SDRF and Army personnel", said Sarkar who was part of the meeting. "The government is also monitoring the situation along with the MeT department and ISRO". "It is very likely to be 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over South Gujarat and Maharashtra Coasts" on June 12, while it could go up to 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph over north Arabian Sea on June 13.
The entire Gujarat coastline, starting from Kutch to south Gujarat, has been put on high alert.
"June 13 and 14 are crucial for us". Tides are also likely to inundate the low lying coastal areas of Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Porbandar, Junagarh, Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts at the time of landfall.
Gujarat is at presently reeling under severe heat wave as the maximum temperatures in major cities, including Ahmedabad, hovering over 43 degrees Celsius since the last week of May.