Cyclone Maha, the severe cyclonic storm which was expected to hit the Gujarat coast today, is likely to fizzle out into the Arabian sea as a depression on the evening of Thursday, said the Met department on Wednesday.

This news could be a big relief for the common people of the areas which were expected to hit by the severe cyclonic storm. West coast areas of Gujarat and several parts of Maharashtra were likely to be affected by the cyclonic storm. It would be a big relief for the administration as well if the latest prediction of the IMD turns true.

At the moment, cyclone Maha is still a severe cyclonic storm situated around 400km away from the west coast of Gujarat, hovering over the east-central Arabian sea.

An India Meteorological Department (IMD) release stated Cyclone is likely to move towards the east coast. It added the cyclonic storm has turned weaker by Wednesday evening. The cyclonic storm expected to move towards east-northeastwards by Thursday and may turn into a deep depression over the Arabian sea by Thursday evening.

Earlier, the IMD predicted that cyclone Maha would make a severe landfall on the Gujarat coast near the Union Territory of Diu as a severy cyclonic storm, which prompted the local administration to step up preparedness.

The IMD also said that the severe cyclonic storm likely skirt on the Saurashtra coast. As per the IMD, it is weakening gradually in the Arabian sea.

However, the weakened Maha is set to cause rains in some parts of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa on Thursday. MeT Centre director Jayanta Sarkar said that the wind speed would likely to remain around 65 to 70 km per hour.

Earlier, after the announcement of the severe cyclonic storm, the Met department had started to take all possible measures and necessary steps to protect the life and property of common people.

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