Cyclone Vayu was to hit the Gujarat coast on June 13 morning, but it recurved on the night of June 12 and skirted the Gir, Somnath, Porbandar. It is currently moving away from the Gujarat coast, but it will recurve again from Sunday.
The IMD in a statement said that the cyclone is likely to be accompanied by strong winds speed of the order of 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph off Gujarat coast. The sea conditions are likely to remain rough till June 17.
Though the current sowing accounts for less than one percent of the average sowing in the state, farmers believe that the rains triggered by Vayu will prompt others to start the sowing process, especially in Saurashtra and North Gujarat.
However, thousands of evacuees from coastal areas are still in the shelter homes set up by the district administration. A total of 101 homes across Gir Somnath were readied by Wednesday in preparation for the cyclone.
A team of NDRF personnel rescued a pregnant woman, Hansaben, from Shiyalbet island, located off the coast of Amreli district. The woman later delivered a boy at a hospital in the coastal town of Jafarabad, officials said.
Amid gusty wind on Thursday, a hoarding and a tree fell in two separate incidents in Thane. While no one was injured when a hoarding fell at the state transport bus depot near the railway station, Patel suffered head injuries and fractured both his legs in the tree fall incident.
On Thursday, in a massive evacuation drive, around three lakh people were shifted to safer places as the cyclonic storm Vayu inched closer to the Gujarat coast. It was expected to make landfall between Dwarka and Veraval this afternoon.