Cyclone Biparjoy: Wind Speeds of Upto 165 kmph Predicted
The IMD also predicted that the winds generated by the cyclone are expected to see gusts upto 180 kmph.
NEW DELHI: The Indian Meteorological Department announced on Friday that Cyclone Biparjoy which is developing in the Arabian Sea is expected to intensify in the next day and a half and then move in the Northwest direction. Biparjoy has currently reached the category of a severe cyclonic storm.
Just before midnight on Thursday, the cyclone was recorded over the east-central region of the Arabian Sea at about 840 km west southwest of Goa and 870 km west southwest of Mumbai. The IMD also predicted that the winds generated by the cyclone are expected to reach peak speeds of 155-165 kmph with gusts upto 180 kmph. And that the same is expected to come down starting June 11.
The coastal regions of Gujarat and Saurashtra are expected to face the impacts of the storm as well as the monsoon winds. District authorities in the coastal region including Kutch, Jamnagar, Dwarka and Porbandar have already made preparations to face any untoward incident arising from the cyclone. Emergency services have also been notified for the same.
The authorities at Porbandar have asked fishermen to return to the coast while preparations were in place to evacuate the population from the coastal areas. Control rooms have been activated at taluka levels in the Dwarka region. Cyclone shelters have been set up along the coast in the Kutch District with proper arrangements for food, drinking water and medicines.
Seriously ill patients and pregnant women have been shifted to hospitals in case they need emergency help. Porbandar authorities will set up four cyclone shelters to ensure smooth evacuation if needed.
The Maharashtra government has made arrangements for pumping equipment and staff in Mumbai to handle water logging in the city. Arrangements have also been made to spread awareness regarding possible storm damage as well as makeshift settlements for people in case of more severe weather.