Cyclone Ockhi weakens, may not hit Gujarat coast: IMD

Avatar Written by December 6, 2017 08:53

New Delhi: Cyclone Ockhi, which was expected to make landfall near Gujarat’s Surat, is gradually weakening and will not hit the coast as predicted earlier, the Meteorological Centre has said.

The Ahmedabad MeT Office said, the system weakened mainly because of unfavourable environmental conditions, like high wind shear and colder sea surface near the coast.

It, however, said, light to moderate rain is likely at many places over south Gujarat region today morning and over north Gujarat region and west Madhya Pradesh till noon. Light to moderate rain at many places is also likely over north Konkan.

The department also said, squally wind speeds upto 55 kilometers per hour are likely along and off north Maharashtra and South Gujarat coasts during next 12 hours. Sea condition would be rough and fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea.

Although the Cyclone has weakened, the state administration has made all the preparation to meet any eventuality. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani travelled to Surat yesterday and took a review meeting of preparations to deal with the situation.

Officials said, around 1,600 people have been shifted to safer places in Surat adding that NDRF, BSF, Army, Navy, Coast Guard have been alerted to take all necessary steps.

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