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Phet Cyclone to hit Gujarat

Indian Meteorological department has issued an alert for a cyclone storm, Phet, that may hit the Gujarat coast in the next 48 hours.

According to the cyclone warning which is available at the IMD website

The cyclonic storm, “PHET” over westcentral & adjoining eastcentral Arabian Sea remained practically stationary and lay centred at 0230 hrs IST of 02nd June 2010 near latitude 17.00N and long. 62.00E, about 1200 km west-southwest of Mumbai, 1000 km southwest of Naliya (Kutch, Gujarat) and 1000 km southwest of Karachi (Pakistan)

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

Under the influence of this system, fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls would commence over coastal areas of Gujarat from 4th June 2010 and increase thereafter. Squally winds with speed reaching 65-75 kmph gusting 85 kmph would commence along and off Gujarat coast from 3rd June 2010 and increase gradually.

Sea condition will be high to very high along and off Gujarat coast from 3rd June 2010. Fishermen are advised not venture into the sea.

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