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Gujarat: Cyclone Ockhi is expected to cross Surat by midnight, says IMD

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    The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in Ahmedabad on Tuesday night that Cyclone Ockhi around 350 km south-SW of Surat is expected to cross by midnight.  Meanwhile, Maharashtra went on a state of high alert to tackle the side-effect of the stormy weather.

    Cyclone Ockhi is expected Surat

    IMD Ahmedabad director speaking to ANI said,''It is showing sign of decreasing in intensity. Issued heavy rainfall alert in coastal districts only for tonight, wind speed expected to be around 65-70 kmph when cyclone cross.''

    Meanwhile, Election Commission asked Chief Electoral Officer Gujarat to prepare contingency plan in the wake of Cyclone Ockhi and to ensure that those affected and rehabilitated should be able to vote.

    Home ministry said that Cyclone Ockhi was not expected to have high impact in Gujarat which is geared "for the worst situation" caused by the landfall of the disaster.

    Amid the heat of the Gujarat polls, cyclone Ockhi, eddying menacingly towards the state's coast, poured cold water on the campaigning today, forcing cancellation of rallies of several top leaders, including those by BJP chief Amit Shah and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

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