New Delhi: Cyclone Vayu is likely to recurve and hit Gujarat coast in the next 48 hours, told M Rajeevan, Secretary of the Ministry of Earth Sciences to the news agencies.
The cyclonic storm, which was predicted to make a landfall in Gujarat this week but then changed its trajectory, could change direction again and hit Kutch on June 17-18, said the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences official.
The statement came hours after Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced that the storm posed no threat to the state as it had moved westward.
The cyclonic system could move towards the coast in the next 48 hours, according to reports.
The Earth Sciences official said the intensity of the “very severe” cyclonic storm is “likely to reduce” and it may hit the coast as a “cyclonic storm or a deep depression”.
Cyclone Vayu was earlier expected to hit land between Porbandar and Veraval on Thursday.
The weather department has said the cyclone has changed its direction and moved westwards towards Oman.
Over three lakh people were evacuated from the coastal areas of Gujarat before the expected landfall.