The state government, as a precautionary measure, has declared a holiday for all schools here on Tuesday and in the coastal districts of Palghar, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, and Sindhudurg. NDRF teams are already on standby.
Modi was set to address the public rally at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he is constantly monitoring the situation in various states arising out of cyclone Ockhi battering parts of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep islands and now heading towards Gujarat. Surat goes to polls on Saturday in the first phase of the elections. Due to deep depression, the cyclone's speed is likely to reduce.
Rains driven by Cyclone Ochki lashed most parts of coastal Konkan in Maharashtra, including Mumbai on Tuesday.
"We are expecting wind velocity of around 50-60 km per hour over the next two days", the official added. Former Congress strongman Shankersinh Vaghela, who floated his Jan Vikalp front, was also forced to cancel his roadshows and rallies that were to be held in Junagadh, and Mahuva and Palitana towns of Saurashtra, a leader of his outfit said.
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The latest weather forecast said cyclone Ockhi has moved closer to the southern coast and is about 390 kms from Surat.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's rallies in Gujarat's Morbi, Dhrangadhra and Surendranagar cancelled due to bad weather Cyclone Ockhi.
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