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Cyclone Vayu, which evolved from a deep depression off the coast of Lakshadweep, has changed into an excessively severe cyclonic storm and is moving towards the west of Veraval.

According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) – Gujarat, the direction of the cyclone has quite modified and is likely to make a landfall between Porbandar and Diu as an excessively severe cyclonic storm (wind velocity of up to 135 kmph) on early Thursday morning. After crossing, the gadget is likely to move along & parallel to Saurashtra & Kutch Coast affecting Amreli, Gir Somnath, Diu, Junagarh, Porbandar, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Kutch.

An alert used to be sounded in 10 districts of Gujarat because the cyclone has became “very severe” and its affect is expected to remain sturdy for 24 hours even after its landfall Thursday. In previous one decade, there has no longer been a unmarried cyclone that has hit the state immediately. Many of the depressions have weakened by the point it reached Gujarat. There have been two storms in 2014, Cyclone Naunak and Nilofar, however those had fizzled out ahead of striking Gujarat. Over three lakh other people had been evacuated to more secure locations. As many as 50 teams of the National Disaster Management Relief Force (NDRF), comprising around 45 rescuers each and every, had been moved to the state.

How are cyclone names selected

The World Meteorological Organisation/Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Panel on Tropical Cyclones, at its twenty-seventh consultation held in 2000 in Muscat, Oman, agreed to assign names to the tropical cyclones within the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. If the public wants to signify the identify of a cyclone to be included within the record, the proposed identify will have to meet some elementary criteria. The identify should be quick and readily understood when broadcast. Further, the names will have to no longer be culturally delicate and will have to no longer convey some unintentional and doubtlessly inflammatory meaning,” it added.

Damage expected in Saurashtra-Kutch

The extent of damage most probably in Amreli, Gir Somnath, Diu, Junagarh, Porbandar, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Kutch:

1. Total destruction of thatched properties/intensive injury to Kutcha properties. Some injury to pucca properties. Potential risk from flying objects.

2. Bending/uprooting of power and communique poles.

three. Major injury to kutcha and pucca roads. Flooding of get away routes. Minor disruption of railways, overhead power strains and signalling systems.

4. Widespread injury to status vegetation, plantation, orchards, falling of green coconuts and tearing of palm fronds. Blowing down hairy bushes like mango.

5. Small boats, nation crafts would possibly get detached from moorings.

6. Visibility significantly affected.


Fani used to be termed as an extremely severe cyclonic storm that hit Odisha in May this year. It left behind a trail of destruction killing over 40 other people, uprooting bushes and communique gadget, thus crippling the state’s economy and commonplace existence. It reached its peak intensity on May 2 as an extremely severe cyclonic storm similar to a high-end Category 4 primary typhoon.

Cyclone Ockhi from the Arabian Sea used to be essentially the most intense tropical cyclone of the 2017 North Indian Ocean cyclone season. Ockhi affected coastal areas of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat. A complete of 245 other people have been killed as an affect of this cyclone, that left a large trail of destruction all through the affected states.

Cyclone Vardah brought heavy rainfall to Andaman and Nicobar Islands after which crossed the japanese coast of India, impacting Chennai, Kancheepuram and Visakhapatnam. It ended in the demise of 38 other people.

Cyclone Hudhud used to be a strong tropical cyclone, which caused injury to Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Over 120 other people had lost their lives as sturdy winds and heavy rain swept across the state, wreaking havoc.

Extremely severe cyclonic storm Phailin (pronounced pai-reen) used to be essentially the most intense tropical cyclone to make landfall in India because the 1999 Odisha cyclone, killing 45. It used to be first famous as a tropical depression on October 4, 2013, throughout the Gulf of Thailand, to the west of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. It step by step moved westwards inside an area of low to moderate vertical wind shear as it passed over the Malay Peninsula, moving out of the Western Pacific Basin on October 6.


JUNE 4-10, 1998
Extremely severe cyclonic storm over the Arabian sea
167 kmph
Gujarat and Rajasthan have been impacted through the cyclone; the worst affected region used to be Porbandar. The estimated loss used to be around Rs 1855 crores. More than 10,000 other people had lost their lives across the nation; 1,100 other people had lost their lives in Gujarat and over 1,700 have been reported lacking.

MAY 16-22, 1999
Very severe cyclonic Storm over the Arabian sea
102 kmph
Caused severe injury in Kutch and Jamnagar districts, killing 453 other people. The losses to assets have been around Rs 80 crore. In Rajasthan, one individual used to be killed, more than 5,000 livestock heads reportedly perished and 5,000 homes have been damaged.

MAY 31-JUNE 7, 2010
Phet used to be a formidable tropical cyclone that made landfall on Oman, Western India, and Pakistan
155 kmph
More than 8,000 other people have been evacuated from Kutch. Phet killed 5 other people in Gujarat because of electrocution, lightning strike and drowning.

OCTOBER 25- 31, 2014
Extremely severe cyclonic storm Nilofar used to be, on the time, the thirdstrongest cyclone within the Arabian Sea. However, high wind shear caused the storm to weaken, lowering it to a depression as it made a landfall near Naliya. Nilofar handiest produced light rainfall and powerful winds.
205 kmph
No lives lost in Gujarat.

NOV 29- DEC 6, 2017
Ockhi used to be a strong tropical cyclone that wreaked havoc on portions of Sri Lanka and India in 2017. It used to be essentially the most intense tropical cyclone within the Arabian Sea since Cyclone Megh in 2015. It hastily weakened throughout its final stages over the Arabian Sea
155 kmph

Parts of S Gujarat got rains; greens and banana vegetation have been damaged. Strong winds of 25 kmph have been additionally recorded.

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