Gandhinagar: In its recent update the Indian meteorological department (IMD) said that the cyclone Vayu is unlikely to make landfall in the Saurashtra coast, as it has changed its course. 
“Cyclone Vayu won’t hit Gujarat. It will pass near Veraval, Porbandar and Dwarka. Its effect will be seen on the coastal regions, as there will be strong wind speed and heavy rain,” said Manorama Mohanty, a senior officer at the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Ahmedabad.

According to the IMD, the coastal districts of the State are likely to see heavy rainfall with high wind speed, and the sea will remain turbulent for the next 24 hours.

A statement by the state government said, “it is very likely to move not north-westwards for some time and then north-westwards skirting the Saurashtra coast affecting Gir, Somnath, Diu, Junagarh, Porbandar and Devbhoomi Dwarka with wind speed 135-145 kmph gusting over to 160 kmph from the afternoon of 13th June 2019.”

The Airports Authority of India has suspended flight operations in five airports in Gujarat for 24 hours from midnight Wednesday to minimise the damage to airport infrastructure and to avoid inconvenience.

Both the Prime Minister and Home Minister too were personally monitoring the situation.