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Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘VAYU’ over East-central Arabian

The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘VAYU’ (pronounced as VAA’YU) over Eastcentral Arabian Sea moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 16 kmph in last six hours and lay centred at 1430 hrs IST of 12th June, 2019 near latitude 18.8°N and longitude 69.9°E over Eastcentral Arabian Sea, about 310 km nearly west of Mumbai (Maharashtra), 230 km south-southwest of Veraval (Gujarat) and 310 km nearly south of Porbandar (Gujarat).

It is very likely to move nearly northwards and cross Gujarat coast between Dwarka and Veraval  as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 155-165 kmph gusting to 180 kmph around afternoon of 13th June 2019.

After crossing, the system is likely to move along & parallel to Saurashtra & Kutch Coast affecting Amreli, Gir Somnath, Diu, Junagarh, Porbandar, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Kutch.  

 

Forecast track and intensity are given in the following table:

Date/Time(IST) Position (Lat. 0N/ long. 0E) Maximum sustained surface wind speed (Kmph) Category of cyclonic disturbance
12.06.19/1430 18.8/69.9 140-150 gusting to 165 Very Severe Cyclonic Storm
12.06.19/1730 19.2/69.9 140-150 gusting to 165 Very Severe Cyclonic Storm
12.06.19/2330 20.0/69.8 145-155 gusting to 170 Very Severe Cyclonic Storm
13.06.19/0530
20.9/69.8
150-160 gusting to 175 Very Severe Cyclonic Storm
13.06.19/1130 21.2/69.8 155-165 gusting to 180 Very Severe Cyclonic Storm
13.06.19/2330 21.9/69.6 130-140 gusting to 155 Very Severe Cyclonic Storm
14.06.19/1130 22.3/69.3 120-130 gusting to 145 Very Severe Cyclonic Storm
14.06.19/2330 22.7/68.8 110-120 gusting to 135 Severe Cyclonic Storm
15.06.19/1130 22.9/68.3 100-110 gusting to 125 Severe Cyclonic Storm

Warnings:

(i) Heavy rainfall warning: 

Sub-Divisions 12 June 2019* 13 June 2019* 14 June 2019*
Konkan& Goa Widespread rainfall with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places Fairly widespread rainfall with heavy falls at isolated places Fairly widespread rainfall
Saurashtra& Kutch Fairly widespread rainfall with heavy falls at isolated places Widespread rainfall with heavy to very heavy falls at few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places Fairly widespread rainfall with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places
South Gujarat Region Fairly widespread rainfall with heavy falls at isolated places Rainfall at a few places with heavy falls at isolated places Rainfall at a few places

Note: * Rainfall till 0830 IST of next day.

Legends:          Yellow: Be Updated; Orange- Be prepared; Red- Take action, Green: No warning

Heavy rain: 64.5-115.5 mm/day; Very heavy rain: 115.6-204.4 mm/day; Extremely heavy rain: more than 204.4 mm/day

 

(ii) Wind warning

  • 12th June: Gale wind speed reaching 140-150 kmph gusting to 165 kmph prevails over eastcentral & adjoining northeast Arabian Sea and become 145-155 kmph gusting to 170 kmph by 12th night. Gale wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph prevails over Gujarat Coast and become gale wind speed reaching 100-110 kmph gusting to 125 kmph by 12th night. It is very likely to be 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over Maharashtra Coast.
  • 13th June: Gale wind speed of the order of 155-165 kmph gusting to 180 kmph very likely over north Arabian Sea & Gujarat coast till afternoon and decrease gradually thereafter. It is very likely to be 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over north Maharashtra Coasts & northern parts of eastcentral Arabian Sea.

 

 

(iii) Sea condition

  • The sea condition is phenomenal over eastcentral & adjoining northeast Arabian Sea & Gujarat coast on 12th & 13thJune 2019.
  • The Sea condition is very likely to very rough to high along & off Maharashtra Coast on 12th & 13th June, 2019.

 

(iv) Fishermen Warning

  • The fishermen are advised not to venture into Eastcentral Arabian Sea and along & off Maharashtra Coast on 12th; north Arabian sea and along & off Gujarat coast on 12th & 13th.

 

(iv) Storm Surge Warning

Storm surge of height of about 1.5-2.0 m above the astronomical tides likely to inundate the low lying coastal areas of Kutch, Devbhoomi, Dwarka, Porbandar, Junagarh, Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts at the time of landfall.

 

(v) Damage Expected and Action suggested for Amreli, Gir Somnath, Diu, Junagarh, Porbandar, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Kutch:

(i) Total destruction of thatched houses/extensive damage to Kutcha houses. Some damage to pucca houses. Potential threat from flying objects.(ii) Bending/uprooting of power and communication poles. (iii) Major damage to Kutcha and Pucca roads. Flooding of escape routes. Minor disruption of railways, overhead power lines and signalling systems.                  (iv) Widespread damage to standing crops, plantation, orchards, falling of green coconuts and tearing of palm fronds. Blowing down bushy trees like mango.(v) Small boats, country crafts may get detached from moorings.(vi) Visibility severe affected.

Action suggested:

(i) Regulate road & rail traffic (ii) Total suspension of fishing operations. (iii) Evacuation from low lying areas of the above mentioned Districts, coastal Hutment dwellers, urban slum dwellers and people staying in unsafe house to safer places. People in affected areas to remain indoors.(iv) Movement in motor boats & small ships unsafe.(v) Inundation of low lying areas in the along the coasts due to heavy rainfall and storm surge.

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