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Cyclone Nilofar: Threat eases off Gujarat coast

The very severe cyclonic storm ‘Nilofar’ on Thursday weakened into a severe cyclonic storm and is expected to rapidly weaken into a depression before landfall on Friday evening, easing the threat off the Gujarat coast.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) the now severe cyclonic storm Nilofar in the Arabian Sea was centered today morning about 620 km west-southwest of Naliya (Gujarat) and 650 km south-southwest of Karachi (Pakistan).

The wind speed recorded was 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph today morning. By Thursday night the storm is expected to weaken on fold into cyclonic storm and wind speed is likely to come down to 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph.

The storm will then move northeastwards and rapidly weaken into a depression over northeast Arabian Sea off north Gujarat coast by October 31 evening, the weather department stated.

The forecast of heavy to very heavy to rain under the influence of the storm has now been downgraded and one can now expect “moderate rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over Kutch and coastal districts of Saurashtra during next 48 hours.”

The system also had influence on the weather in other parts of the state with south and central Gujarat experiencing heavy cloud since Thursday morning. The temperature in many parts of Saurashtra, central and south Gujarat has come down as the cyclone inched close to Gujarat coast.

On Gujarat coastline, squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph would prevail on October 31, while sea condition is likely to be will be rough. Hence, the fishermen have been advised to suspend fishing activities for the next 48 hours.

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