Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cyclone terror is hurtling towards Gujarat

Ahmedabad: The meteorological department in the city has warned of a cyclonic storm and rainfall at most places in Gujarat, including Ahmedabad, by Wednesday evening. The Met department's forecast comes in the wake of formation of deep depression over the Arabian Sea.At 11:30 am on Tuesday, the deep depression lay over central Arabian Sea 470 km west northwest of Mangalore (420 km southwest of Goa) and 670 km south- southwest of Mumbai.

The Met department has warned that the system is likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm and move north for some time and then north-northeastwards. "It will cross south Gujarat and the north Maharashtra coast between Mahuva and Dahanu in the early hours of November 12," it said.

The Met department has said that under the influence of the cyclonic storm, there would be rainfall at most places in Gujarat, including Valsad, Surat, Bharuch, Narmada, Navsari, Bhavnagar, Baroda, Anand, Ahmedabad, Daman, and Dadra Nagar Haveli. The Met also warned that sea conditions will remain 'rough to very rough' and has advised fishermen not to venture out to sea.

Velji Masani, president of Akhil Gujarat Macchimar Mahamandal, told DNA that the fisheries department has warned them not to venture out to sea. "We have been stopping fishermen from going to sea," said Masani.

The Met department also forecast that winds at 35 to 45 km per hour, with their speeds rising to 55 km an hour, will blow in from the easterly direction, and along south Gujarat coast.

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