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Vayu no longer a cyclone, to cross over Gujarat coast as low pressure

People witness very heavy wind and high tide at Veraval port as Cyclone Vayu nears Gujarat coasts, on June 13, 2019.

People witness very heavy wind and high tide at Veraval port as Cyclone Vayu nears Gujarat coasts, on June 13, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Vijay Soneji

“Forecasting the track of this cyclone was tricky because there were complications posed by the monsoon pressure systems,” Madhavan Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, said.

Cyclone Vayu has dissipated earlier than anticipated and will not make landfall over Gujarat, a senior weather department official confirmed to The Hindu. Vayu was expected to make landfall by midnight Monday, according to an India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) assessment late Sunday.

“It has already become a ‘depression’ and by midnight will cross over the Gujarat coast as a ‘well marked low,’ said Madhavan Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences. While this would still bring in rains and winds — and fishermen have been warned to stay away — it effectively meant that Vayu no longer posed a threat to Gujarat.

A ‘well marked low’ refers to a state when a tropical storm has lost is strength and no longer possesses an ‘eye’ or a centre, which is the hallmark of a cyclone. 

“For a landfall, the storm has to at least be a depression. Forecasting the track of this cyclone was tricky because there were complications posed by the monsoon pressure systems,” said Mr. Rajeevan. Now that Vayu was over, the monsoon could continue its journey along the western coast.

The branch of the monsoon that gave rain along the western coast reached Kerala nearly a week later than its scheduled date of June 8. Currently, India has got only about 60% of the monsoon rain that it normally gets in the first fortnight of June.

The IMD said conditions were becoming favourable for the monsoon’s advance into some more parts of Karnataka, south Konkan and Goa, Andhra Pradesh, remaining parts of Tamil Nadu, some more parts of west Bay of Bengal, remaining parts of the Northeast, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim and some parts of Odisha in the next 45 days.

As of Monday afternoon, Vayu was “stationary” in the Arabian Sea. The IMD said it lay about 295 km away from Bhuj. “The system is very likely to weaken into a depression in the next 3-6 hours and further weaken into a well marked low pressure area subsequently while moving towards the Gujarat coast.”

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