As Gujarat braces for Cyclone Nisarga, it is interesting to note that since 2014, the state has faced eight cyclone like situations and in almost all the cases the state either had a narrow escape or in some it emerged with nothing more than a few bruises after the cyclones lost intensity.
Of the total eight cyclones that the state has faced earlier, five had lessened in intensity or changed direction by the time it hit the state while three others had ended in the sea itself before it could reach the shores of the state.
The five that had reduced in intensity or changed direction included Chapala, Nanauk, Ashobha, Sagar and Vayu while the three others that were lost at sea included Ockhi, Nilofer and Maha.
Nanauk that was to hit the state in June 2014, changed direction and moved towards Oman, while Nilofar which developed around October 2014 got contained in the sea itself.
Ashobha that was reported around June 2015 and Chapala in October the same year missed Gujarat after it turned direction to move towards Oman. Cyclone Ockhi that brought mass destruction in Tamil Nadu and Kerala in 2017, lost strength as it travelled to Gujarat and had also reduced substantially in intensity. Sagar in 2018 and Vayu in 2019 were expected to create large-scale destruction but moved towards Yemen before it could hit Gujarat. Cyclone Maha lost intensity and turned into a deep depression in November 2019 thus ensuring Gujarat did not suffer much due to the cyclone.