Cyclone Vayu: Storm changes course but Gujarat remains on high alert till next 24 hours

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Updated:Jun 13, 2019 10:00:10 pm

Cyclone Vayu Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to follow the real-time information being provided by local agencies to stay safe.

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Cyclone Vayu in Gujarat: Gujarat remained on high alert despite the Indian Metereological Department (IMD) saying that Cyclone Vayu had changed course and would not hit the state coast. A Skymet weather report said that the weather models were indicating that there is a fair amount of probability that very severe cyclone Vayu may just skirt the Gujarat coast near Porbandar, close to Dwarka or Okha coast.

IMD said that the storm has made a small deviation, and will only skirt the Gujarat coast. “But, its effect will be there with strong winds and heavy rain,” Secretary at the Ministry of Earth Sciences M Rajeevan told news agency PTI.

Gujarat government carried out a massive evacuation drive on Wednesday, evacuating around three lakh people to temporary shelters. The Indian Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard have been kept on standby for relief and rescue operations. IAF helicopters and around 300 marine commandoes could also be deployed in low-lying coastal areas.

As a precautionary measure, schools and colleges across 10 districts in Gujarat will remain closed on June 12 and 13.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to follow the real-time information being provided by local agencies to stay safe.

“Praying for safety and well-being of all those affected by Cyclone Vayu. The government and local agencies are providing real-time information, which I urge those in affected areas to closely follow,” Modi tweeted.

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Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani while talking about the cyclone said, "According to IMD bulletin, Cyclone Vayu, which was going to hit Gujarat, has moved towards Oman. But the administration will continue to be on high alert for the next 24 hours." He added that as a precaution, the schools in the coastal districts of Saurashtra and Kutch will remain closed on Friday.

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21:24 (IST)13 Jun 2019
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19:47 (IST)13 Jun 2019
Rajnath Singh reviews Navy's preparedness along Maharashtra, Gujarat coast

Cyclone Vayu: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today reviewed the preparedness of Navy along the Maharashtra and Gujarat coast. PTI reported that senior officials briefed Singh at a meeting in naval headquarters. The minister was briefed about the ability and readiness of various assets of Western Naval Command which were kept ready for deployment to the affected areas in case of requirement.

"The Western Naval Command, Mumbai is closely monitoring the developing situation. Indian Navy ships Chennai, Gomati and Deepak at Mumbai have embarked with humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and are ready to be deployed at short notice," the Navy said.

19:00 (IST)13 Jun 2019
Cyclone Vayu begins skirting Saurashtra coast

Cyclone Vayu is moving away from the Gujarat coast but the danger of heavy winds and rainfall is still there. State authorities have already evacuated three lakh people from low-lying areas near the coast to safer places. In a statement issued at 5 pm, IMD said: "The cyclone is likely to move north-northwestwards for some time and then northwestwards, skirting the Saurashtra coast (and) affecting Gir Somnath, Diu, Junagarh, Porbandar and Devbhoomi Dwarka with wind speed of 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph during the next 12 hours."

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17:02 (IST)13 Jun 2019
Cyclone Vayu unlikely to hit Gujarat coast

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16:22 (IST)13 Jun 2019
Cyclone Vayu | No damage to airport infrastructure in Gujarat: AAI

Airports Authority of India has informed that the impact of cyclone Vayu has been milder and there has been no damage to most airports in Gujarat. The AAI has suspended flight operations at airports in Porbandar, Diu, Bhavnagar, Keshod and Kandla to avoid disruptions and damages to infrastructure.

16:01 (IST)13 Jun 2019
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15:19 (IST)13 Jun 2019
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15:06 (IST)13 Jun 2019
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The state government had issued an advisory for the fishermen on Tuesday asking them to avoid the deep seas. The All India Fishermen Association president Veljibhai Masani president appreciated the timely warning. "Around 8,000 fishermen from Saurashtra region were earlier planning to venture into the sea in about 1,200 boats, but they decided against it after the warning," he said.

14:45 (IST)13 Jun 2019
Rajnath Singh reviews preparedness of Navy, Coast Guard

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14:31 (IST)13 Jun 2019
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14:14 (IST)13 Jun 2019
Gujarat: Red alert for heavy rains, damaging winds

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13:37 (IST)13 Jun 2019
Flight operations at 5 airports still suspended

The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has suspended flight operations at airports in Porbandar, Diu, Bhavnagar, Keshod and Kandla for 24 hours starting midnight Wednesday. AAI said that a review meeting would be held in the afternoon to decide on resumption of flights from these airports.

13:30 (IST)13 Jun 2019
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Around 52 teams of the National Disaster Response Force and 11 columns (each having around 70 personnel) of the army have been deployed in the coastal districts of Gujarat.

Besides, 24 army columns have been kept reserved for any emergency situation.

13:01 (IST)13 Jun 2019
Heavy win and rain batter Veraval

In Veraval, a hub of Gujarat's fishing industry where Vayu was expected to make landfall, heavy wind and rain battered the beaches. Fishing boats were splintered by huge waves crashing onto shore. Local police were making a last minute effort to convince hut dwellers to leave their homes.

12:39 (IST)13 Jun 2019
Latest IMD bulletin on Cyclone Vayu

The Indian Metereological Department posted an update on Twitter saying that Cyclone Vayu remained practically stationary.

12:17 (IST)13 Jun 2019
No casualties due to Cyclone Vayu yet: Gujarat Govt

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11:45 (IST)13 Jun 2019
Goa seeks report on cruise ships operating depite Cyclone Vayu warning

After being warned of rough weather along the coast, Goa has sought a report of cruise ships operating in the Mandovi river. The Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has received complaints that some of these cruise ships were operating close to sea waters.

11:19 (IST)13 Jun 2019
Rains, thundershowers likely in Odisha

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10:45 (IST)13 Jun 2019
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10:24 (IST)13 Jun 2019
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10:12 (IST)13 Jun 2019
Somnath temple open despite Cyclone Vayu alert

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The shed at the entrance of the Somnath Temple was destroyed due to strong winds on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)
09:58 (IST)13 Jun 2019
Railways and AAI announce precautionary measures

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Current course of Cyclone Vayu

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09:03 (IST)13 Jun 2019
Cyclone Vayu may still bring heavy winds, rain to coastal regions in Gujarat: IMD

An IMD scientist told news news agency ANI that Cyclone Vayu won't hit Gujarat, but will pass nearby from 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," Manorama Mohanty said.

08:50 (IST)13 Jun 2019
Modi advises people to follow info provided by local agencies

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to follow the real-time information being provided by local agencies to stay safe. 

08:29 (IST)13 Jun 2019
Cyclone Vayu may not hit Gujarat: Skymet

Skymet Weather on Thursday said that Cyclone Vayu had changed course and may not hit Gujarat. THe report said that the weather models were indicating that there is a fair amount of probability that very severe cyclone Vayu may just skirt the Gujarat coast near Porbandar, close to Dwarka or Okha coast.

08:19 (IST)13 Jun 2019
Cyclone Vayu live updates: Maharashtra shuts down beaches in Konkan region

As a precautionary measure of Cyclone Vayu heading towards Gujarat coast, Maharashtra government announced that all beached in the Konkan region would be shut off to the public on June 12 and 13.

Bandra beach in Mumbai. (ANI Photo)
A scientist at India Meteorological Department (IMD) told news agency ANI that Cyclone Vayu will not hit Gujarat. He said the storm would pass nearby from Veraval, Porbandar and Dwarka and the effect will be seen on coastal regions in form of heavy wind speed and rains. Both Indian Railways and the Airports Authority of India have decided to halt operations as a precautionary measure. Railways has announced that for this region have been either short-terminated or cancelled for two days, starting 6 pm Wednesday. Flight operations at five ariports in Gujarat will remain suspended for 24 hours from midnight Wednesday to minimise the damage to airport infrastructure and to avoid inconvenience to passengers due to the Cyclone Vayu.
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