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Cyclone vayu - Shanmugam IAS academy in coimbatore
Cyclone vayu


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Cyclone Vayu may not hit Saurashtra coast it has changed its course and is unlikely to make landfall in Gujarat.

Key data’s:

  • As per weather models, Vayu may skirt the Gujarat coast near Porbandar, close to Dwarka or Okha coast, reported Skymet Weather.
  • IMD reported, Cyclone Vayu has changed its course and is unlikely to make landfall in Gujarat, but it will cause heavy rain in several coastal districts of the state, as the cyclone is likely to move along and parallel to Saurashtra and Kutch coast. It is then likely to move parallel to Saurashtra and the Kutch coast, affecting Amreli, Gir Somnath, Diu, Junagarh, Porbandar, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Devbhoomi Dwarka, and Kutch.
  • IMD also warns that the cyclone could bring winds with speeds of 155-165 kmph, gusting up to 180 kmph, to the coastal areas of south Gujarat
  • The cyclone lay centered over east-central Arabian Sea about 280km south of Veraval in Gujarat and 360km nearly south of Porbandar in the state.
  • A high-wave alert has been sounded for coastal areas in Maharashtra and Gujarat, with very heavy rainfall in Konkan, Goa, Saurashtra, Kutch and southern Gujarat on June 13, 2019.
  • As many as 52 rescue and relief teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been positioned in Gujarat and Diu, including 12 NDRF teams who were flown from Patna and INS Rajali to Gujarat. Coast Guard, the Navy, Army and Air Force units are also on standby.
  • Vayu is said to be the deadliest storm to hit Gujarat since 1998 when a cyclone devastated the port town of Kandla, leaving over 1,000 people dead. Super cyclonic storm Gonu, which made landfall in Oman and Iran in June 2007, remains the strongest cyclone to have been formed over the Arabian Sea till date.
  • Drawing energy from the warmer waters of the Arabian Sea and moisture from the southwest monsoon clouds, Cyclone Vayu is steadily building up in intensity and poised to make landfall on the Gujarat coast.

Additional facts:

  • Tropical cyclones developing over the Indian Ocean and progressing either toward the Arabian Sea or Bay of Bengal peak twice a year, in April-May and October-November.
  • A warmer sea transfers masses of latent heat to a cyclone, allowing it to intensify. 

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