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11:20 (IST)


Cyclone Vayu to dissolve before reaching Karachi coast, says Skymetweather

After it skirts the Gujarat coast , Vayu is likely to encounter an anti-cyclone over North Arabian Sea which will result its stagnation near the Karachi Coast. There is also a likelihood of Vayu making no landfall and weakening in the sea itself, Skymetweather reported.  






11:18 (IST)


HAM Radio channels in service to aide communication in Gujarat

HAM radio channels kick into service to aide in public communication. Gandhinagar High Frequency (HF) is on the air, Rajkot-Gandhinagar having 5/9 communication (5/9 means loud and clear) in also active. Rajkot Amateur Club Station is also on air. Currently, three Ham stations are active in Gandhinagar, Rajkot and Veraval. These radio channels prove to be a useful channel of communication when poer is down and other channels are compromised due to a natural calamity. 

Input by Masuma Jariwala/101Reporters






11:14 (IST)


Mumbai, coastal Maharashtra districts get relief from heat due to Cyclone Vayu 

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, News18 reported. The mega city, earlier reeling under an intense spell of humid heat, saw a drop in temperatures since Tuesday night as the deep depression over Arabian Sea intensified into a cyclonic storm and neared the coast, bringing pre-monsoon showers. 






11:00 (IST)


Cyclone Vayu may weaken into Category 1 storm but squally winds may still cause damage: Skymetweather

 

The system would continue to travel in water but the proximity of coast might lead to its weakening. Very severe Cyclone Vayu which at present is Category 2 storm may weaken into a Category 1 storm. However, the system would be packed with the winds to the tune of 135 kmph to 145 kmph gusting up to 175 kmph may cause damage.

As per weatherman, the reason behind the change in the track is that Vayu would encounter with weak steering environment.






10:55 (IST)


Eye of storm will not enter Gujarat

Speaking to reporters in Ahmedabad, the meteorological department’s Additional Director Manorama Mohanti said the direction has “slightly” changed. “The ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm Vayu will not make landfall on the Saurashtra coast, but it will skirt the coast and affect Gir-Somnath, Junagadh, Porbandar, Devbhoomi-Dwarka districts and Union Territory Diu,” she said. “The eye of the storm will not enter Gujarat, but half of the storm, the outer peripheral part, will enter the state and affect the coastal areas,” Mohanti said.






10:54 (IST)


IMD warns of power outage, gale winds, very rough sea conditions even as Vayu to brush past Gujarat Coast

 

According to The Weather Channel, Cyclone Vayu’s possible impact could be:

  • > 70 mm rain in southwest Gujarat over the next 48 hours
  • > Gale winds of 100 kmph expected along southwest coast of Gujarat
  • > Up to 9 metre-high waves off Veraval today
  • > Flash flooding, storm surge, downed trees, power outages and damage to buildings may be expected





10:19 (IST)


IMD warns cyclone can cause substantial damage even without hitting ground 

 

“Even though Cyclone Vayu is not hitting Gujarat there is still a danger of destruction. We are expecting winds to hit speeds of 100 to 135 kilometres per hour. The NDRF and coast guard have evacuated many areas along the coastline as a precaution,” Jayant Sarkar IMD Ahmedabad told News18. 

The weather department’s bulletin later clarified: Total destruction of thatched houses/extensive damage to Kutcha houses. Some damage to pucca houses. Potential threat from flying objects.(ii) Bending/uprooting of power and communication poles. (iii) Major damage to Kutcha and Pucca roads. Flooding of escape routes. Minor disruption of railways, overhead power lines and signalling systems.
(iv) Widespread damage to standing crops, plantation, orchards, falling of green coconuts and
tearing of palm fronds. Blowing down bushy trees like mango.(v) Small boats, country crafts
may get detached from moorings, can be expected. 






10:07 (IST)


Gujarat coastal areas to experience winds up to 160kmph

According to the Gujarat Information Department, the Very Severe Cyclonic Storm VAYU lies near latitude 20.0°N and longitude 69.6°E over East Central and adjoining Northeast Arabian Sea, 130 kilometre southwest of Veraval (Gujarat) and 180 km nearly south of Porbandar (Gujarat).

It is very likely to move North-Northwestwards for some time and then Northwestwards skirting the Saurashtra coast affecting Gir Somnath, Diu, Junagarh, Porbandar and Dev Bhoomi Dwarka with wind speed 135-145 kmph gusting to 160 kmph from afternoon of 13th June 2019.

Input by Amit Cowper/101Reporters






09:59 (IST)


IMD says Cyclone Vayu to affect Gir Somnath, Diu, Porbandar, Dwarka 

 

The very severe cyclonic storm “vayu” is very likely to move north-northeastwards for some time and then northwstwards skirting the saurashtra coast affecting Gir Somnath, Diu, Junagarh, Porbandar and Devbhoomi Dwarka with wind speed 135-145 kmph gusting to 160 kmph from afternoon of 13 June 2019.






09:25 (IST)


Cyclone Vayu may weaken into Category 1 storm after skirting Gujarat coast, but high wind speeds still likely in coastal areas 

Cyclone Vayu is likely to weaken after skirting the Gujarat coast near Porbandar. The weakening would take place due to its proximity of the coast as it is likely to become a Category 1 storm. However, winds to the tune of 135 kmph to 145 kmph gusting up to 175 kmph may cause damage over the Gujarat coast.

As per Skymetweather, Vayu may encounter weak steering environment, due to which the system could change its track. As the system curves north-northwest, Vayu’s speed will also become slow. 






09:12 (IST)


Weather scientist says Cyclone Vayu won’t hit Gujarat but is likely to cause heavy rainfall, gusty winds in coastal districts

Manorama Mohanty, scientist at India Meteorological Department (IMD), Ahmedabad said that Cyclone Vayu won’t hit Gujarat now as it has changed course overnight. It will skirt through coast of Veraval, Porbandar and Dwarka. Its effect will be seen on the coastal regions as there will be heavy wind speed and heavy rain as well. 






08:46 (IST)


Flight operations to be suspended in Porbandar, Diu, Bhavnagar, Keshod, Kandla till midnight today

 

The Airports Authority of India said flight operations at airports in Porbandar, Diu, Bhavnagar, Keshod, Kandla will be suspended for 24 hours from midnight in view of Cyclone Vayu. 






08:43 (IST)


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08:28 (IST)


400 Mumbai flights affected due to Cyclone Vayu 

 

Air passengers to and from the megapolis had a tough time Wednesday as nearly 400 flights were affected due to bad weather caused by the cycle Vayu which hit the neighbouring Gujarat coast, according to an airport official. 

The city airport is one of the busiest in the country handling over 900 aircraft movements daily. The official said as many as 194 departing flights and 192 arrivals were delayed in the wake of the bad weather due to the cyclone Vayu. At least two flights were diverted from the city, the official said. 





08:28 (IST)


Citizen groups take up charge to prepare for impending storm, distribute food packets in affected area 






08:23 (IST)


All Maharashtra beaches in Konkan region shut off to public 

In view of the Cyclone Vayu, which is traversing fast in the Arabian Sea coupled with high tide on 12 and 13 June, all beaches in Konkan region have been shut off to the public. 






08:23 (IST)


Here’s NDRF’s advisory to help citizens remain safe during the cyclone-induced poor weather conditions 






08:13 (IST)


Cyclone Vayu changes course but state remains on high alert

 

The Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force and the Border Security Force have been put on high alert. 
While the state government has said all fishermen and their boats have already returned to the shore after getting the warning, ports have been asked to hoist storm warning signal number 8 and 9 to convey “great danger”.
Based on the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) advice, Great Danger 8 (GD-8) signal has been hoisted at Porbandar and Okha ports, while GD-9 signal has been hoisted at Diu, Veraval, Navlakhi, New-Kandla, Sikka, Mundra, Madvi and Jakhau ports.
Briefing the media about preparations to deal with the cyclone, Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue, Pankaj Kumar said police would do night patrolling in vulnerable areas to make sure no one is left behind.





07:56 (IST)


3 lakh people evacuated from Gujarat, over 10,000 from Diu

Home Minister Amit Shah said Gujarat has evacuated about 3 lakh people and Diu, over 10,000 people from low-lying areas to safer places. Units of the Indian Coast Guard, navy, army and air force are on standby. NDRF teams also carried out evacuation, sensitisation and awareness drives at various locations.






07:44 (IST)


Cyclone Vayu now 130 km from Veraval in Gujarat

 

Cyclone Vayu over east-central Arabian Sea appears to have changed course overnight. It moved north-northwestwards in the last six hours, according to the India Meteorological Department. It is currently 130 kilometres southwest of Veraval in Gujarat and 180 kilometres south of Porbandar. It is likely to move north-northwestwards for some time and then northwestwards, skirting the coast of Saurashtra with wind speeds of 135 kmph to 145 kmph from Thursday afternoon.






07:41 (IST)


Damage reported from Somnath Temple in Gujarat

The shed at the entrance of Somnath Temple in Gir Somnath district was damaged by the strong winds brought in by the effect of the approaching Cyclone Vayu.






07:34 (IST)


Rescue teams on standby, including army and navy warships

As many as 52 NDRF teams, comprising around 45 rescuers each, are in Gujarat, with some already helping out with the evacuation operation. Ten columns of the Indian Army are on standby, along with warships and aircraft of the Indian Navy, all at the ready to assist to civil authorities.






07:32 (IST)


Approaching Cyclone Vayu has 10 districts of Gujarat on alert

 

On Thursday, an alert was sounded in 10 districts of Gujarat as Cyclone Vayu has turned “very severe”. Residents of these districts have been asked to move out to safer places or cyclone shelters.






07:31 (IST)


Impact of Cyclone Vayu expected to remain strong for 24 hours after landfall

The impact of Cyclone Vayu is expected to remain strong for 24 hours even after its landfall, officials said. Usually, a cyclone weakens after making landfall.






07:29 (IST)


Cyclone Vayu expected to make landfall in Gujarat today afternoon

According to the IMD, the ‘very severe cylonic storm’ is expected to hit Gujarat on Thursday afternoon between Porbandar and Diu.

Cyclone Vayu in Gujarat LATEST updates: “Even though Cyclone Vayu is not hitting Gujarat there is still a danger of destruction. We are expecting winds to hit speeds of 100 to 135 kilometres per hour. The NDRF and coast guard have evacuated many areas along the coastline as a precaution,” Jayant Sarkar IMD Ahmedabad told News18

Manorama Mohanty, scientist at India Meteorological Department (IMD), Ahmedabad said that Cyclone Vayu won’t hit Gujarat now as it has changed course overnight. It will skirt through coast of Veraval, Porbandar and Dwarka. Its effect will be seen on the coastal regions as there will be heavy wind speed and heavy rain as well.

Air passengers to and from the megapolis had a tough time Wednesday as nearly 400 flights were affected due to bad weather caused by the cycle Vayu which hit the neighbouring Gujarat coast, according to an airport official.

Cyclone Vayu appears to have changed course overnight. According to the IMD, it moved north-northwestwards in the last six hours and is currently 130 km southwest of Veraval in Gujarat and 180 km south of Porbandar. It is likely to move north-northwestwards for some time and then northwestwards, skirting the coast of Saurashtra with wind speeds of 135 kmph to 145 kmph from Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday, an alert was sounded in 10 districts of Gujarat as Cyclone Vayu has turned “very severe” and its impact is expected to remain strong for 24 hours even after its landfall, officials said. As many as 52 teams of the National Disaster Management Relief Force, comprising around 45 rescuers each, have been moved to the state, while 10 columns of the Indian Army have been kept on stand-by.

 Cyclone Vayu in Gujarat LIVE updates: Storm to miss coast but IMD warns of high wind speed, substantial damage in states seaside towns

Waves crash against the jetty at a fishing harbour ahead of the expected Cyclone Vayu at Veraval in Gujarat. Reuters

Warships and aircraft of the Indian Navy have been kept standby as well. A general alert has been sounded across 10 districts in Gujarat as wind speeds are likely to touch 170 kilometres per hour, a home ministry official said.

Vayu has turned into a “very severe” cyclone and it is expected that its impact will continue to be strong for 24 hours even after the landfall between Porbandar and Union Territory Diu, the official said.

Normally a cyclone becomes weak after its landfall. Residents of some of the Gujarat districts have been asked to move out to safer places or cyclone shelters.

Meanwhile, home secretary Rajiv Gauba on Wednesday chaired a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee where preparation for relief and rescue operations were discussed threadbare.

The meeting took stock of the precautionary measures taken by the Gujarat government and Diu Union Territory administration to ensure that no human life is lost, damage to vital infrastructure is minimised and to ensure early recovery of all essential services post-cyclone landfall.

Diving and rescue teams and relief materials have been kept on standby for rendering assistance to civil authorities, as required, another official said. Medical teams and facilities at Indian Naval hospital in Mumbai are on standby to handle medical emergencies.

Both the administrations have also been advised for timely evacuation of people from low-lying coastal and vulnerable areas. The Gujarat and Diu administration are evacuating about three lakh people from the identified vulnerable areas and they are being shifted to around 700 cyclone and relief shelters.

With inputs from PTI

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