Rajkot: Cyclone Vayu which is likely to hit Gujarat coast on June 13 has intensified further into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during the wee hours of Wednesday, the Met department said.
Tropical Cyclone Vayu, which formed Monday, strengthened on Tuesday into a hurricane-strength tropical cyclone (meaning winds in excess of 120 kmph) in the Arabian Sea.
The Vayu is likely to cross between Veraval and Diu with a wind speed of 150 km to 165 km by Thursday morning, the weather department said.
Damage is expected in the coastal areas of Gujarat such as Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Porbandar, Rajkot, Junagarh, Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar.
Heavy to very heavy rains very likely at isolated places in Saurashtra ta Amreli, Bhavnagar, Gir Somnath, Junagadh and Diu. Heavy rains are very likely at isolated places in districts of South Gujarat region, in Navsari, Valsad, Daman, Dadra Nagar Haveli on 12 June, according to IMD.
In the wake of the cyclone, a red alert has been issued and nearly 3 lakh people are being evacuated from low lying areas of Gujarat. The Gujarat government has declared a two-day holiday for all the schools and colleges located in several parts of Gujarat.
With the cyclone almost certain not to change its course, local, state and central administrations along with disaster management agencies are working on a war-footing to review the situation and prepare a micro-plan to minimize the impact.
Around 39 NDRF teams are being deployed in Gujarat and Diu while 34 Army teams have been put on standby. Also, aerial surveillance is being carried out by IAF.