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Cyclone Nilofar likely to hit Gujarat on October 31 morning

AHMEDABAD: The severe cyclonic storm Nilofar is expected to hit Gujarat around Naliya on the morning of October 31. As per the state’s Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) centre at Ahmedabad, the severe cyclonic storm prevailing over west-central Arabian sea is expected to hit at a maximum speed of 125 kilometre per hour at the time of landfall around Naliya.

“On October 30 morning, wind speed commencing at a speed of 45-55 kilometre per hour to a maximum of 65 kilometre per hour along and off the Gujarat coast will reach up to 100-110 kilometre per hour to a maximum speed of 125 kilometre per hour at the time Nilofar will hit around Naliya,” said deputy director IMD Ahmedabad Manorama Mohanty.

Mohanty further added that Gujarat will witness heavy to very heavy rainfall on October 30 and 31. “There will be no or negligible rainfall before October 30. However, at the time when Nilofar will hit Gujarat, there will be heavy to very heavy rainfall across the state with high intensity on Suarashtra and Kutch region,” she added. As per the IMD forecast, the cyclone is expected to recede on October 31 and November 1.

A warning was also issued to the ports and fishermen to return to the coast with a total suspension of fishing operations. Also, people in the affected areas have been asked to remain indoors around the landfall time i.e. October 31 morning.

Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Monday told media persons that government has put concerned departments on alert and instructed to take necessary steps as part of preparedness for handling Nilofar.

“Firstly, we have called back all the fishermen from sea. Besides, administration has been asked to trim down trees to avoid damage”, said Patel in Gandhinagar adding, “Farmers have been asked to shift their harvested crop to safer place. All the district collectors have been given instructions to shift people living in kaccha houses and huts to safer places”.

Despite the IMD Delhi issuing a high alert on Sunday of cyclone Nilofar to hit Gujarat coast, there was no mention of it leave alone any alert or any kind of warning on the official website of IMD Ahmedabad till Monday afternoon. Later in the day, cyclone information was uploaded on the website. However, the cyclone section of the website flashed a weather bulletin thorough out the day of ‘depression over Sri Lanka’ dated January 7, 2014.