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‘Cyclone Vayu to be very severe’

To safe shores:Fishermen shifting a boat from the Veraval port in Gujarat.Vijay Soneji

To safe shores:Fishermen shifting a boat from the Veraval port in Gujarat.Vijay Soneji  

Wind speeds of 175 km per hour likely during landfall on the Saurashtra coast

With cyclonic storm ‘Vayu’ inching closer to Gujarat, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) classified it as a “very severe” storm and predicted wind speeds of up to 175 km per hour when it makes landfall on the Saurashtra coast around noon on Thursday.

As per the IMD update on Wednesday evening, “Vayu is about 280 km south of Veraval in Gujarat and likely to move northwards and cross Gujarat coast between Dwarka and Veraval as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm in around afternoon of June 13, 2019.” According to the Gujarat government, the cyclonic storm is likely to be extremely severe when it will hit the coast between Veraval and Dwarka coast. It is considered to be the worst cyclone in the State after one in 1998. Ahead of its landfall, rough seas, rain and strong winds lashed the coastal districts of Saurashtra.

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