Vikash Sharma

The Severe Cyclonic Storm Biparjoy has weakened into a cyclonic storm and lay centered about 30 km west-north-west of Bhuj. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday informed that the cyclonic storm Biparjoy is likely to weaken further into a deep depression over Saurashtra and Kutch by evening today.

Earlier, the very severe cyclonic storm Biparjoy moved northeastwards and crossed Saurashtra-Kutch coast near Jakhau Port (Gujarat) between 2230and 2330 IST of June 15 with wind speed of 115-125 kmph.

Meanwhile, the IMD has issued an 'Orange alert' for parts of Rajasthan -- Barmer, Jalore, Jaisalmer, Sirohi, Jodhpur, Pali and nearby places -- and predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall today.

 Heavy Rainfall warning:

Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely over Saurashtra & Kutch, isolated heavy to extremely heavy rainfall is likely over north Gujarat region and south Rajasthan on 16th and over south Rajasthan & adjoining north Gujarat region on 17th June.

Wind warning

Northeast Arabian Sea: Gale wind speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph is prevailing and likely to become squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph by 16th June afternoon.

Adjoining areas of Eastcentral Arabian Sea: Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is likely to prevail till afternoon of 16th June.