Weather Forecast, Cyclone Vayu HIGHLIGHTS: A deep depression over the Arabian Sea intensified into a “very severe cyclonic storm” Wednesday morning, the IMD said. As the cyclone continued to progress towards Saurashtra and Kutch regions of neighbouring Gujarat, the weather department upgrading its severity condition, forecast its landfall Thursday afternoon.
The state is on high alert and all possible arrangements have been done with the mission of “zero tolerance and zero casualty”. The Indian Army has deployed 10 columns in the coastal areas of Gujarat on Wednesday night. The Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy have also deployed helicopters and ships at nodal points in the state for relief and rescue operations and stationed a “highly mobile radar” at state capital Gandhinagar. The IMD had also issued a warning of heavy rains and strong winds for the next two days in at various areas of Saurashtra and Kutch. Fishermen have also been warned against going for fishing due to rough sea conditions.