The cyclonic storm is likely to bring heavy rainfall along the western coast, according to the Indian Metrological Department (IMD). The western parts of Saurashtra and Kutch region in Gujarat are likely to witness "heavy to very heavy rains" between June 12 and June 14.
It is very likely to intensify further into a deep depression during the next six hours, into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours and into a severe cyclonic storm thereafter.
The depression over south-east, adjoining Lakshadweep and east-central Arabian Sea moved northwards with a speed of about 31 kmph on Monday. The storm is also expected to pack winds up to 135 kilometres per hour on Thursday.
A distant warning number 2 (DW-2) signal has been hoisted at the major ports of Gujarat to alert locals as well as fishermen, Sarkar said.More news: Messi Unseats Mayweather on Forbes List, Canelo in #4 Position
It was centred over the Eastcentral Arabian Sea, about 460 km north-northwest of Aminidivi (Lakshadweep), 540 km southsouthwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra) and 690 km almost south of Veraval (Gujarat) during the early morning hours. "NDRF has pre-positioned 26 teams which are equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipment etc. and moving another 10 teams as requested by the state government of Gujarat", the statement said. It is likely to increase to 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph over north and south Gujarat coast on June 13 and 14.
The entire Gujarat coastline, starting from Kutch to south Gujarat, has been put on high alert.
Indian Coast Guard, Navy, Army, and Air Force units have been put on standby and surveillance aircraft and helicopters are carrying out aerial surveillance.
He further added, "Apart from it, we have called a meeting of all the defense forces and have chose to deploy 15 teams of NDRF in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch from tomorrow morning".More news: Mozilla Firefox To Have A Paid Subscription Service In October
The state has been reeling under soaring mercury levels for several weeks where the maximum temperature was around 43-44 degrees Celsius at several locations.
The setting of monsoon will be further delayed over Gujarat after the cyclonic storm, he said.
In an advisory for Gujarat ports, Gujarat Maritime Board CEO Mukesh Kumar said, "All port users, stakeholders and agents are advised to take all necessary precautions and advise all the vessels arriving at Gujarat ports".More news: So close you can count its moons