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Severe cyclonic storm 'Vayu' to make landfall within the next 24hours affecting all transportation services

Cyclonic Storm ‘VAYU’ (pronounced as VAA’YU) over East Central & adjoining Southeast Arabian Sea has intensified further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm. 

It is very likely to move northward and cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval & Diu region with wind speeds of 145 to 155 kmph gusting to 170 kmph during the early morning of 13th June 2019. 

The cyclone is expected to make landfall around 4am on Thursday, affecting all transportation services. 

Almost 300,000 people are set to be evacuated to 700 shelter homes, a spokesperson for India's Home Ministry said today.

Based on the current simulation of the trajectory, the storm is expected close to Pipavav. As a precautionary measure and under directive from the District Administration and Gujarat Maritime Board, the APM Terminals Pipavav has suspended all marine and landside operations from midnight of 11th June 2019 for a period of 48 hours till further notice.

All Cargo vessels at the port will be moved out before midnight of 11th June 2019. No vessels can be at the anchorage either, they must head for the high seas & safe waters. Instructions to the same effect have been relayed by APM Terminals Pipavav Port Control to vessels and agents.

Tentative POB timings have been advised to all working vessels by port control.

Yard, road gate and rail operations will be suspended from Midnight of 11th June 2019 for a period of 48 hours till further notice. Any rakes in operation will be completed by midnight of 11th June 2019. Customers and customer representatives are advised to avoid visiting the port or surrounding area until normalisation of operations.

We are tracking the trajectory of the cyclone and will keep you updated upon normalisation of operations.

For live updates on Cyclone Vayu, please click here.

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