India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued the highest-level alert, red, for Cyclone Vayu that will make landfall in Saurashtra and Kutch regions of Gujarat. Cyclone Vayu classified as severe cyclonic storm had developed into a cyclone storm from deep depression in Arabian Sea near Aminidivi island in Lakshadweep. It is moving northward from its current position of Konkan coast. It is likely to make landfall into Saurashtra coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (around Veraval and Diu) with winds gusting up to 135kmph and storm surges of up to 1.5 metres. It will weaken after landfall but still cause fairly widespread rain over Saurashtra and Kutch.
Impact of Monsoon
Cyclone Vayu is likely to halt northward progression of monsoon for a few days, which already has delayed its arrival on Kerala coast on June 8 instead of regular onset on June 1. It is expected to interfere with normal progression, by sucking all moisture from monsoon winds towards itself.
Arabian Sea cyclones