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Cyclone Vayu to reach north Gujarat coast on June 17: IMD

India Today logo India Today 16-06-2019 India Today Web Desk

Severe cyclonic storm Vayu lay centred over northeast & adjoining areas of Arabian Sea at 10:30 am on Sunday which is about 480 km west-southwest of Porbandar, 445 km west-southwest of Dwarka and 555 km west-southwest of Bhuj in Gujarat.

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that Cyclone Vayu is likely to turn into a depression and reach the north Gujarat coast on June 17 evening.

The intensity of depression and deep depression is much less. They bring a good amount of rain with reduced wind intensity, the IMD said.

"The system is very likely to move nearly westwards during next 24 hours with gradual weakening and recurve northeastwards thereafter and cross north Gujarat coast as a depression by the evening of June 17," the IMD said.

The MeT department had earlier said that Cyclone VAYU is moving towards westwards and is "likely to hit Kutch as a deep depression."

"Due to the Cyclone Vayu Kutch along with nearby areas such as Saurashtra will receive heavy downpour for a couple of hours. Though the wind speed in these regions will not be very strong," said IMD director Jayant Sarkar.

The IMD director has said that the Cyclone Vayu would not cause any substantial damage in the areas.

The Cyclone is expected to move towards North Gujarat in a weakening state on June 18. Light to moderate rains will continue in the areas such as Junagadh and Porbandar.

(With agency inputs)

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