New Delhi: Cyclone Vayu, which was expected to make a landfall in Gujarat this week but then changed its trajectory could change direction again, reports said.
The reports said the cyclonic system could move towards the coast in the next 48 hours.
M Rajeevan, Secretary of the Ministry of Earth Sciences told news agencies on Friday that the cyclone may “recurve on June 16 and hit Kutch on June 17-18”.
His statement came hours after Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that Cyclone Vayu will no longer pose any threat to the state as it had drifted away westward.
The Earth Sciences official said the intensity of the “very severe” cyclonic storm is “likely to reduce” and it may hit the coast as a “cyclonic storm or a deep depression”.
Cyclone Vayu was earlier expected to hit land between Porbandar and Veraval on Thursday.
The weather department has said the cyclone has changed its direction and moved westwards towards Oman.
Over three lakh people were evacuated from the coastal areas of Gujarat before the expected landfall. Apart from the National Disaster Response Force, the Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force and the Border Security Force were put on high alert. All schools and colleges were shut for the approaching cyclonic storm.
According to the Ahmedabad Meteorological Centre Additional Director Manorama Mohanty it was too early to predict if the cyclone will recurve and hit Kutch or Saurashtra.
“The report says it may recurve in the next 48 hours. But it is also possible it may weaken by then and dissipate in the sea itself. Thus, it is too early to predict that it will come back and hit the Kutch coast,” she said.