A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team was stationed at the beach near Jarod village in Vadodara, Gujarat, on Saturday ahead of Cyclone Biparjoy's landfall.
The 'very severe' cyclonic storm is supposed to heighten further in the following 24 hours and is set to move north-northeastward, the India Meteorological Office (IMD) said.
“VSCS BIPARJOY lay centred at 1130IST of today, near latitude 16.8N and longitude 67.4E, about 700 km WNW of Goa, 620 km WSW of Mumbai, 590 km SSW of Porbandar and 900 km S of Karachi. To intensify further and move NNE-wards during next 24 hours,” the IMD said in a tweet.
On June 8, the extremely severe cyclonic storm was located over the central Arabian Sea, 840 kilometers west of Goa and 870 kilometers west of Mumbai.
In the meantime, earlier in the day, high waves were observed at Tithal Beach in Gujarat's Valsad, which is on the Arabian Sea coast, ahead of the cyclone.
Following the warning, the Valsad administration closed Tithal Beach to tourists as a precaution due to the cyclone.
Until June 14, the beach will not be open to tourists. Additionally, the fishermen have been instructed not to venture into the water.
“We have warned fishermen not to go into the sea and they all have come back. In Dariya Kanthan village, people will be shifted if needed and shelters have been arranged for them. We have closed Tithal Beach for tourists till June 14,” Tehsildar TC Patel, Valsad told ANI.
IMD said that light showers and thunderstorms are expected in the state's coastal areas from the first cyclone this year in the Arabian Sea.
When adverse weather is anticipated over oceanic areas, ports have been instructed to hoist "signals" in accordance with international procedure.
The goal of this step is to notify ships and guarantee the safety of maritime activities.
Indian Coast Guard urges fisherfolk not to go to sea
During the approaching severe cyclonic storm known as "Biparjoy," units of the Indian Coast Guard are regularly sending out warnings to fishermen via ships, aircraft, and radar stations.
Indian Coast Guard Region-North West has begun outreach to the fishing community, mariners, and stakeholders of Gujarat, Daman, and Diu in response to the menacing growth of "Biparjoy" into a severe cyclonic storm, officials of the Gujarat Information Department informed on Saturday.
As the tropical storm develops over the Arabian Sea, all coastal establishments of the Indian Coast Guard have been conducting regular community interactions with fishermen for the past week and taking the necessary precautions.
They have proactively cautioned local people against branching out to the ocean for fishing.