New Delhi, June 14: Cyclone Vayu which was projected to hit Saurashtra coast on Thursday veered away to the west and is unlikely to make landfall in Gujarat, but the state is still on high alert as heavy showers, extreme winds and roaring waves are still a threat to the coastal districts. People are still advised to stay away from the seashore. Cyclone Vayu Changes Course Overnight, Moves Away From Gujarat Coast.
According to Indian Meteorological Department, "the very severe Cyclone 'Vayu' lay centred at 0330 hours IST of 14 June over the northeast and adjoining east-central Arabian Sea. It remains practically stationary in last one hour about 240 km west of Diu (Gujarat) and 130 km nearly southwest of Porbandar."Cyclone Vayu 'remains Practically Stationary,' Says IMD.
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IMD: The very severe #CycloneVayu lay centered at 0330 hours IST of 14 June over northeast and adjoining eastcentral Arabian Sea. It remains practically stationary in last one hour about 240 km west of Diu (Gujarat) & 130 km nearly southwest of Porbandar (Gujarat). pic.twitter.com/updjRt0Pet
— ANI (@ANI) June 14, 2019
The cyclonic storm was predicted to make landfall between Dwarka and Veraval on June 13, but it changed its course overnight and moved northwestwards, parallel to the coast, heading towards Oman. The velocity of the cyclone also reduced to 90-100kmph from 135-145kmph.
After reviewing the status, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has decided to open its airports at Keshod and Kandla from Thursday-Friday midnight, Bhavnagar airport at 6 am and Porbandar and Diu from 10 am on Friday.