The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today said the very severe cyclonic storm Nilofar over westcentral Arabian sea would weaken into a depression before crossing the north Gujarat coast, near Naliya in Kutch district, by Friday night.
A bulletin issued by IMD at 2030 hours said the cyclone had moved slightly north-northeastwards with a speed of 6 kmph during past six hours and lay centred at 1730 hours IST of today near latitude 19.20 N and longitude 62.20 E, about 820 km west-southwest of Naliya (Gujarat) and 810 km south-southwest of Karachi (Pakistan).
"It would move northeastwards and cross north Gujarat and adjoining Pakistan coast around Naliya by 31st October night. However, as the system comes closer to Gujarat coast, it would weaken into a depression near North Gujarat coast," it said.
The bulletin said that, under the influence of the system, moderate rainfall would occur over all districts of Saurashtra and Kutch as well as North Gujarat tomorrow and on Friday.
Squally wind with speed reaching 40-50 kmph, gusting to 60 kmph, would prevail along and off Gujarat coast on October 31.
Sea conditionsalong and off Gujarat coast will be rough to very rough on October 31, it said.
The IMD suggested that fishermen out at sea along and off Gujarat coast should return to the coast and fishermen along and off this coast were advised not to venture into the sea during the next 72 hours.