New Delhi: A severe cyclone packing winds of
75 km per hour was churning the Arabian Sea about 1100 kms
west-southwest of Mumbai and was likely to hit coastal Gujarat
and Karachi by Thursday, the weather office said today.
The cyclone, named `Phet`, is expected to intensify and
bring fairly widespread rains to coastal Gujarat, an advisory
issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
Weather prediction models suggested that the cyclone would
intensify and move slowly in a north-northwesterly/northerly
direction and then recurve north-eastwards towards Gujarat and
adjoining Pakistan coast, it said.
Coastal Gujarat is expected to be battered by squally
winds with speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting 75 kmph from
tomorrow which could increase gradually, the weather office
According to cyclone tracking models, some parts of
coastal Gujarat may experience very strong winds packing speed
of up to 125 kmph.
"Fishermen are advised not venture into the sea as sea
condition will be very rough along and off Gujarat coast from
tomorrow," the weather office said.
The cyclone has been named `Phet` as per a suggestion made
by Thailand to the IMD, which is the Regional Specialised
Meteorological Centre (RSMC) for the South Asia as nominated
by the World Meteorological Organisation.