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Published on Dec 20, 2010

Phet impact: Showers in Saurashtra, Ahmedabad, South Gujarat

JUNAGADH, ZEE NEWS, 2 June, 2010
Some latest updates on Cyclone that is likely to hit Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Naliya on 4 June:Watch out this page for continuous updates on that.

-Well-spread rain in Junagadh and Amreli district.

-Big B's shooting disrupted due to rain in Sasan.

-Due to strong winds, power supply disrupted in Rajkot.

-Strong winds in Mul Dwarka near Kodinar.

-No. 2 signal at Dahej, Porbandar, Veraval and Kutch district ports.

-Rain fall in Gondal, Junagadh, Porbandar, Madhavpur, Rajkot, Dhola, Valbhipur, Khambha, Chorwad, Veraval, Vanakbara(Diu).

-Rain fall in South Gujarat's Surat, Ankleshwar, Vapi and other areas.

-Situations are getting critical with the news of cyclone:Narendra Modi tweets on Tweeter.

-Chief Secretary AK Joti convenes a secretary level meeting in Gandhinagar. Representatives of Armed forces were also present in the meeting.

-All coastal districts are told to review the situation twice every day.

-Rainfall in Ahmedabad at 1:30 pm. four trees felled down due to strong winds.

-Rainfall in capital Gandhinagar too.

-Though the eye(centre) of cyclone is settled over Oman coast, the clouds on its faded surrounding tail are over the sky of Gujarat, that are causing rainfall today.

-This rainfall is not part of onset of the monsoon. These are showers thanks to cyclone. Regular monsoon will set later on in this month. The cyclone can bring onset of monsoon earlier or can even push it late.

-Cyclone might move to Gujarat coast, or Pakistan coast, or get weakened and fizzle out. In any case, strong winds and heavy to very heavy rainfall is certain on Gujarat coast.

-Gujarat's Krushi Mahotsav and Gandhinagar based Mahatma Mandir soil/water dedication programmes have been postponed in view of "Phet" threat.

-Amitabh Bachchan tweeted on Gujarat cyclone and rain today morning: -And another wonder ... RAIN !! It has poured over this thirsty arid parched land.. a cyclone system building over Arabian Sea ..close .....And another wonder ... RAIN !! It has poured over this thirsty arid parched land.. a cyclone system building over Arabian Sea ..close

-Heavy rain in Jamnagar, some rain in Mehsana, Bhuj too gets rain.

-Strong winds caused minor damage to parts of Tata Motors newly opened Nano plant, such as entrance gate, banners, domes etc.

-After coming back from Nano's inauguration, Chief Minister Narendra Modi called urgent meeting to review "PHET" cyclone's threat. Senior Ministers, Secretaries were present in this meeting.

-Surat collector has asked industrial units settled off the coast for extra caution against cyclone.

-One dead in Mehsana due to rain, one person drowned in Harshad sea. One boat of Okha port missing.

-Shower experienced in north Gujarat's Banaskantha district too after very strong winds.

-State administration sets up 16 control rooms at ST bus stations, in view of cyclone threat. If needed,the buses will be moved to locations where evacuation needed.

-Two dead in Jamnagar due to lightning.

-4400 people evacuated from coastal Maliya Miyana area of Saurashtra.

-Navlakhi port near Rajkot completely evacuated.

-Teams of NDRF departed for coastal districts from Gandhinagar on state government's request.

-Latest bulletin (5:30 pm on 2nd June) of IMD states this detail:

The very severe cyclonic storm, "PHET" over westcentral Arabian Sea moved northwestwards and lay centred at 1430 hrs IST of today, 02nd June 2010 near latitude 18.00N and long. 60.50E, about 1250 km west-southwest of Mumbai, 1050 km southwest of Naliya (Kutch, Gujarat), 1050 km southwest of Karachi (Pakistan) and 530 km south-southeast of Sur (Oman).

The current environmental condition and Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models suggest that the system would intensify further and move slowly in a north-northwesterly/northerly direction for next 24 hours, close to Oman coast and then recurve northeastwards towards Pakistan & adjoining Gujarat coast, skirting Oman coast.

Under the influence of this system, fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls would commence over coastal areas of Saurashtra & Kutch from 4th June 2010 and increase thereafter. Gale winds with speed reaching 65-75 kmph gusting 85 kmph would commence along and off Gujarat coast from 4th June 2010 and increase gradually.

Sea condition will be very high to phenomenal over north Arabian Sea and along and off Gujarat coast from 4th June 2010. Fishermen are advised not venture into the sea. Fishermen who are in the open sea should return to the coast by 3rd evening.


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