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Cyclone 'Phet' weakens, moves towards Oman coast

delhi Updated: Jun 03, 2010 16:48 IST

Tropical cyclone 'Phet' in the Arabian Sea is about 1100 km from Nalia in Kutch and is weakening as coastal areas of Gujarat received light to medium rainfall under its influence, Indian Meteorological Department officials said on Thursday.

The cyclone has moved slightly towards the coast of Oman and "due to proximity to the land surface (near Oman), the system is showing sign of weakening," they said.

"Further, due to changing environmental flow pattern, the system (Phet) would move slowly in a northwesterly/
northerly direction for next 24 hours and cross Oman coast by tomorrow (June 4) morning," they said, adding, "It would then weaken gradually, recurve northeastwards and emerge into north Arabian Sea by June 5 and move towards Pakistan coast."

According to IMD officials, squally winds would blow at speeds of 40-50 kmph reaching to a maximum of 60 kmph along and off Gujarat coast during same period.

They further said that sea condition would remain rough around Gujarat coast and adjoining north Arabian Sea and
advised the fishermen not to venture into the sea in the next couple of days.

Warning signals have been hoisted at all ports in the state, they said. Overnight rains were reported from Jamnagar, Junagadh and Kutch districts.