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No threat to coastal Guj from cyclonic storm 'Sagar'

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Cyclonic storm 'Sagar' which is building up near is less likely to have any significant impact on as it is moving towards Gulf of Oman, according to meteorological department.

However, not willing to take any chance, the state administration has initiated precautionary measures that include hoisting of Distant Warning (DW) signal number 2 at all major ports along the coast.

The meteorological department has issued an advisory asking fishermen not to enter deep sea in view of adverse weather conditions.

As per the warning-cum-advisory issued this afternoon by here, the cyclonic storm is currently centred in the off coast in the and it is likely to "intensify further slightly during the next 12 hours".

"Fishermen are advised not to venture into Gulf of Aden and adjoining areas of west-central and south-west Hoist signal DW-II at all the ports of south and north Gujarat" it stated.

As per the latest projections, the storm is likely to move towards west-southwards in the next 24 hours, which effectively means that it will not leave any major impact on coast, officials said.

"This cyclonic storm is very far from us and it is going towards Gulf of in the north. The possibility of 'Sagar' making any significant impact along the is very less. There is no need to worry," said Jayanta Sarkar, Director,

Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue department, Pankaj Kumar also said the storm would not affect Gujarat.

"Cyclonic Storm Sagar situated over is not going affect Gujarat. It is going further away from us," Kumar said in a tweet today.

However, the administration is leaving nothing to chance.

"Upon receiving the weather advisory, we have put our staff on alert mode. We have also asked fisheries officials to warn fishermen about the storm, so that they don't go towards Port officials are also in our contact and signal number 2 has been hoisted," said M A Pandya, of coastal Porbandar district.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 18:05 IST