On Wednesday morning, the severe Cyclone Vayu was passing parallel to the Mumbai coast. The cyclone won’t have any severe effect on Mumbai but the city is likely to receive heavy rainfall. Konkan is also expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall.
The Mumbai IMD said that cyclone is at a distance of 250 to 300km from Mumbai coast but its speed will be the highest on Wednesday morning and therefore, Mumbai, Konkan, Thane, and Palghar will receive heavy rainfall. The speed of Cyclone Vayu in the morning was recorded at 135kmph and gusting speed at 150kmph. It is likely to intensify into an extremely severe storm.
The cyclone will reach Mumbai by late evening and it won’t have a severe effect but bring rainfall and windy effect.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Police, Coast Guard, and Indian Navy are on alert in Mumbai. All fishermen have been called back from the sea. Announcements are being made at coastal areas advising people to not venture into the sea.
GUJARAT & DIU
Cyclone Vayu is likely to move further northwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region and intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm with wind speed 140-150 kmph to 165 kmph.
The cyclonic storm is expected to hit the Gujarat coast on June 13 (Thursday).
Bracing for the impact of the high-speed wind, Gujarat and Diu authorities have already planned to evacuate about three lakh people from identified vulnerable areas. The evacuation will start on Wednesday morning. People will be shifted to around 700 cyclone and relief shelters.