Cyclone Biparjoy nearly northwards, likely to pass distance of 200-300 km from Porbandar: IMD

cyclone Biparjoy

New Delhi: Cyclone Biparjoy is likely to turn into an extremely severe cyclonic storm during the next 6 hours. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday said that it is very likely to move nearly northwards into a very severe cyclonic storm around the afternoon of June 15.

The IMD said that the cyclone is likely to pass at a distance of 200-300 km from Porbandar and 200 km from Naliya. The Meteorological Department said that the Very Severe Cyclonic Storm BIPARJOY over the east-central Arabian Sea will move northwards with a speed of 5 kmph during the last 6 hours and lay centered over the same region near 0230 hours IST on June 11, 2023.

Ahmedabad IMD center director Manorama Mohanty said that ‘the cyclonic storm is currently 600 km away from Porbandar’. He further said that ‘as it approaches, the port signal warnings will change accordingly’. For now, the cyclone is likely to pass within a distance of 200-300 km from Porbandar and 200 km from Naliya (Kutch). As far as the current forecast is concerned, it is not likely to knock in Gujarat.

Under the influence of the cyclonic storm, Gujarat would witness thunderstorms with increasing wind speed during the next five days, especially over the Saurashtra-Kutch region. Manorama Mohanty said that ‘during the next two days, wind speed of 30-40 kmph will be seen in the Saurashtra-Kutch region. Thereafter, wind speed reaching 30-50 kmph gusting to 50 kmph can be seen over this region during June 13-15, especially along the coast.

A yellow alert has been issued for several districts of Kerala including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Kozhikode, and Kannur. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been sent to Porbandar, Gir Somnath, and Valsad districts.

cyclone Biparjoy

Fishermen have been warned not to venture into the Arabian Sea during the next five days and all fishing activities have been suspended. The Indian Coast Guard has also advised the fishing community, seafarers, and stakeholders of Gujarat, Daman, and Diu to take necessary precautions and safety measures.