Cyclone Vayu will not hit Gujarat and will only affect the coastal regions

Gujrat: Cyclonic storm Vayu will not make landfall in Gujarat as it has moved towards the sea, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) announced on Thursday morning. According to Sky met Weather, the cyclone which at present is Category 2 storm may weaken into a Category 1 storm. However, strong winds and rough seas are expected to continue and may cause damage.

M Rajeevan, the secretary at the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said the cyclone has made a small deviation. “It may not make landfall,” he told sources. “It will only skirt the coast. But, its effect will be there with strong winds and heavy rain.”

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has asked tourists in Dwarka, Somnath, Sasan and Kutch to leave for safer places. More than 10,000 tourists to Dwarka, Somnath, Porbandar and Diu have been sent back through state transport buses.

Naval diving teams have been kept on standby. The National Disaster Response Force, Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force and the Border Security Force have been put on high alert. All schools and colleges along the coastline will remain closed.