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Severe cyclone likely to hit Gujarat coast

"The cyclone is likely to cross the Gujarat coast in the next 24 hours," an IMD official said.

india Updated: Sep 23, 2006 15:44 IST

Strong cyclonic winds accompanied by heavy rains are expected to hit the Gujarat coast on Sunday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday.

The severe cyclonic storm is currently centred over the Arabian Sea.

"The cyclone is likely to cross the Gujarat coast in 24 hours. It is about 280 kms southwest of Porbandar. It is likely to intensify further and move slowly in a north-northeasterly direction towards Gujarat," an IMD official told.

Under the influence of the cyclone, fairly widespread rains accompanied by strong 80-100 kmph winds may hit the coastal areas between Porbandar and Naliya.

Warnings have been issued to fishermen against venturing into the sea IMD said.

"The sea is likely to be from rough to very rough along the Gujarat coast," an IMD bulletin said. People in coastal areas have been warned about the cyclone.

This year, Gujarat received around 60 per cent more than the normal rainfall between June and September.

First Published: Sep 23, 2006 15:43 IST