Cyclone Vayu continued its westward journey away from the Gujarat coast and lay 325 km west of Porbandar, but it would weaken, recurve towards the state and reach coastal Saurashtra and Kutch as a depression by Monday evening, the India Meteorological Department said Saturday.
The cyclone was moving westwards away from Gujarat coast at a speed of 8 kmph around 2:30 pm on Saturday, the IMD said. “The cyclone is very likely to move nearly westwards during the next 24 hours with gradual weakening and recurve north-eastwards and cross North Gujarat coast as a depression by the evening of June 17,” stated the IMD forecast.
The cyclone is expected to take a recurve back around 2 am on Sunday and head towards Kutch, official sources said.
The state government said it was monitoring the cyclone closely and had alerted the district administration in Kutch about the forecast. However, most ports in Gujarat had started functioning on Friday itself.
The IMD said the impact of Vayu had led to heavy to very heavy rainfall in isolated places in Saurashtra, while the entire state received scattered rainfall Saturday. Sutrapada taluka of Gir Somnath got 108 mm rainfall in 24 hours till Saturday morning, while Talala in the same district received 102 mm rainfall.
(With PTI inputs)