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Cyclone Nilofar: Gujarat's coastal districts brace for heavy rains

Coastal districts of Gujarat would receive isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall from October 30 as Cyclone Nilofar would intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Updated: Oct 27, 2014, 09:43 AM IST
Cyclone Nilofar: Gujarat's coastal districts brace for heavy rains
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Ahmedabad: Coastal districts of Gujarat would receive isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall from October 30 as Cyclone Nilofar would intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The cyclonic storm Nilofar over westcentral and adjoining southwest Arabian Sea moved slightly northwards and lay centred at 0230 hours Monday about 1165 kms southwest of Naliya (Gujarat), 1270 kms south-southwest of Karachi in Pakistan and 890 kms east-southeast of Salalah (Oman), an IMD statement said.

It would intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours and it would move initially north-northwestwards during the next 24 hours and then recurve northeastwards reaching north Gujarat and adjoining Pakistan coast by October 31 morning.

"Under the influence of this system, rainfall at many places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls would commence along coastal districts of Saurashtra and Kutch from October 30 morning," the statement said.

Squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph would commence along and off Gujarat coast from October 30 morning. Sea condition along and off Gujarat coast will be rough to very rough from the same period, it added.

The statement said that fishermen out at sea along and off Gujarat coast should return to the coast.

(With PTI inputs)