Hurricane Vayu, which was making progress on Thursday in the Arabian Sea, is expected to hit the coast of India only, and not touch the ground as originally planned, Indian weather services said.
At 09:30 local time (0400 GMT), the tropical low pressure system was about 100 kilometers from the Gujarat coast (west) and was moving in a north-northwest direction, with winds of 135-145 km / h .
The Gujarat authorities have previously evacuated more than 285,000 people as a precautionary measure. Schools remained closed. Officials fear material destruction due to strong winds caused by the cyclone, which could experience peaks up to 160 km / h.
The Indian Army and the Coast Guard have been placed on alert. “We pray for the safety and well-being of everyone affected by Hurricane Vayu,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a native of Gujarat, tweeted on Wednesday.
Cyclones are relatively rare in Gujarat, unlike the eastern seaboard of India. The most deadly cyclone in the state killed more than 4,000 people in 1998, according to official figures.
Vayu is the second cyclone to hit India this year after Fani in May. The latter, whose winds were up to 200 km / h, killed some 80 people in eastern India and Bangladesh.
The local authorities managed to limit the number of victims of the cyclone, which could have been much worse, by putting more than a million people in shelters.