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Business News/ News / Intensifying Cyclone 'Biparjoy' to become extremely severe storm in next few hours, coastal areas on alert

As Cyclone Biparjoy gets closer to taking its full form, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the cyclonic storm is very likely to intensify into an “extremely severe" storm in new few hours. While the Cyclone Biparjoy is likely to pass the Porbandar coast at a distance of 200-300 km, it will bring strong winds and thunderstorms in Gujarat in the next five days.

After intensifying further into an extremely severe cyclonic storm, Cyclone Biparjoy is anticipated to gradually shift in a north-northeast direction and subsequently veer towards the north-northwest over the next three days. It is likely to spare Gujarat but rains are expected in the state with thunderstorm.

"The cyclonic storm currently lays 600 km from Porbandar. As it approaches, the port signal warning will be changed accordingly. For now, the cyclone is likely to pass from a distance of 200-300 km from Porbandar and 200 km from Nalia (Kutch). As far as the current forecast is concerned, it is not likely to hit Gujarat," said Manorama Mohanty, the director of the Ahmedabad IMD (India Meteorological Department) centre.

"The cyclone is moving in the near northerly direction which continues for now. It is likely to change its movement to northeastward...Thereafter, the movement of the cyclone will be north-northwestward," Manorama Monahty said.

As per the IMD's latest forecast, 'Biparjoy' lay centred at 1130 am over east central Arabian sea about 700 km west-northwest of Goa, 620 km west-southwest of Mumbai, 590 km south-southwest of Porbandar and 900 km south of Karachi.

She said, “During the next two days, the Saurashtra-Kutch region will witness a wind speed of up to 30-40 kmph. Thereafter, the region may witness wind speed of up to 30-50 kmph gusting to 50 kmph, especially in coastal areas during June 13-15." The cyclone won’t hit Gujarat for the next five days. But the wind speed would increase to 50 kmph to “40-50 kmph gusting to 55 kmph, then to 50-60 kmph on June 12 and from 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph on June 13-14".

Porbandar, Kutch coastal districts and Jamnagar are likely to witness high winds.

In light of the cyclonic storm, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel have been stationed in Porbandar, Gir Somnath and Valsad. With Cyclone Biparjoy becoming an extremely severe cyclonic storm in the next few hours, fishermen have been warned against venturing into the Arabian Sea for the next five days. Manorama Mohanty said that all fishing activities in the Arabian Sea has been suspended in light of the danger Cyclone Biparjoy could pose for the fishermen.

(With agency inputs)

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Updated: 10 Jun 2023, 11:02 PM IST
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