Cyclone Vayu: Railways cancels 77 trains, short terminates 33 others
The railways has cancelled 77 trains and short terminated 33 others due to Cyclone Vayu, the Western Railways said on Thursday.
The cancellations were made as a precaution even though the cyclone changed its course and is unlikely to make landfall in Gujarat. However, it will cause heavy rain in several coastal districts of the state.
GTDC seeks report on cruises operating despite cyclone warning
The Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has sought a report over some cruise ships operating in the Mandovi river here located close to the Arabian Sea despite a warning of rough weather along the state coast due to cyclone Vayu, an official said.
The GTDC received complaints that some cruise vessels were operating close to the sea waters, the state-run entity’s chairman, Dayanand Sopte, told reporters here on Wednesday.
Effect of cyclone Vayu has been milder at most of the airports of Gujarat. No damage to any airport infrastructure or facilities has been reported so far.
No casualties have been recorded due to Cyclone Vayu till now.
More visuals for Cyclone Vayu
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Visuals from Valsad as strong winds hit the region, sea turns rough
Cyclone Vayu located near 20.4N/69.4E at 9.30 IST is 110km SW of Veraval and 150 km south of Porbandar. To move north-northwestwards & skirt Saurashtra Coast: IMD
The IMD will issue further updates about the cyclone by afternoon
High tide red alert in Mumbai
Food packets being prepared in Rajkot in Gujarat
The food packets will be dispatched to the cyclone-affected areas of the state, as per the instructions by the govt officials. (Photo: ANI)
IMD Additional Director General Devendra Pradhan said the cyclone will remain in the sea and move parallel to the Gujarat coast.
Beaches closed for public in Konkan region in view of cyclonic formation Vayu in Arabian Sea
Very severe cyclonic storm Vayu to skit along Saurashtra Coast this afternoon with a wind speed 135-160kmph. Coastal districts Diu, Gir Somnath, Junagarh, Porbandar, Dwarka will be affected.
Six teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are on alert in Porbandar
Gujarat: Six teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are on alert in Porbandar; #visuals of an NDRF team (of 30 members) standby at Chowpatty beach. As per latest update of IMD, #CycloneVayu won’t hit Gujarat, but will have effect on coastal districts pic.twitter.com/Ux1x3u1XNO
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The extent of cyclone Vayu is over 900km. So, while the eye of cyclone may or may not hit Porbandar, the system will still hit. Strong winds, heavy rains likely. Hence, please don’t relax in preparedness.
Visual from Bandra in Mumbai
“Temples can’t be closed”: Gujarat Minister on Somnath
Gujarat Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama on Somnath Temple remains open despite alert issued in view of Cyclone Vayu” Temples can’t be closed. We have requested tourists not to visit, but ‘aarti’ being performed since many years can’t be stopped”, as reported by ANI.
The Gujarat government has sought help from Odisha to tackle Cyclone ‘Vayu’ which is expected to hit the western part of the country on Thursday afternoon.
Cyclone Vayu has changed its course, will not hit Gujarat: IMD
IMD has officially informed that the cyclone Vayu has changed the course and now it will not make landfall in Gujarat. However, still while skirting through Gujarat coast it may cause strong winds and rains. All forces will remain on alert mode until the situation becomes normal.
The fishermen are advised not to venture into north Arabian sea and along & off Gujarat coast till 15 th and over Eastcentral Arabian Sea and along & off Maharashtra Coast on 13th June, 2019.
Gale wind speed of the order of 135-145 kmph gusting to 160 kmph very likely over north Arabian Sea & Gujarat coast. It is very likely to be 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over north Maharashtra Coasts & northern parts of eastcentral Arabian Sea.
The Sea condition is very likely to be very rough to high along & off north Maharashtra Coast on 13th June, 2019.
Cyclone Vayu turns “very severe”, advances towards Gujarat
Mumbai and some neighbouring coastal areas of Maharashtra witnessed a windy Wednesday morning as cyclone ‘Vayu’ turned into a “very severe cyclonic storm”, the weather department said.
As the cyclone continued to progress towards Saurashtra and Kutch regions of neighbouring Gujarat, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) upgraded its severity condition.
“Cyclone Vayu has turned into a very severe cyclonic storm. It would cause gusty winds to blow at a speed of 145 kmph to 170 kmph by Thursday morning,” the IMD said.
As Cyclone Vayu advances towards the Gujarat coast and is expected to make landfall Thursday afternoon, the state government has shifted around three lakh people from low-lying areas of Saurashtra and Kutch regions, officials said Wednesday.
According to the latest weather report, the cyclone has intensified into a “very severe cyclonic storm” and changed its course slightly. Now, it would hit the Gujarat coast anywhere between Veraval in the south and Dwarka in the west Thursday afternoon.