The direction of the cyclone, however, changed on Wednesday evening, and it is now likely to strike anywhere between Porbandar and Veraval on the Saurashtra coast by Thursday afternoon.
The cyclone is now located around 200 km south, south-west of Veraval and "is very likely to move almost northwards and hit the Gujarat coast with wind speed of 155 to 165 kmph gusting to 180 kmph around afternoon of June 13", a release issued by the MeT department said. Gujarat authorities were, meanwhile, trying to evacuate close to 300,000 people living in coastal areas. The Indian Air Force is transporting National Disaster Relief Force personnel and emergency aid to the region. "As the system moves north it will meet an anticyclone south of Karachi, which will restrict the movement of the cyclone and delay its progress", said Mahesh Palawat, vice president of meteorology and climate change at Skymet Weather.
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"I urge people to please cooperate and move from low lying areas and from near sea coast", Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani said. He also appealed to people to cooperate in the evacuation process so that there is no loss of life.
The Met Office has also advised all the concerned authorities of Sindh province to remain alert and take precautionary measures during coming days regarding the impact of TC Vayu. It will skirt through coast of Veraval, Porbandar and Dwarka.More news: Why isn't Instagram taking down the Mark Zuckerberg deepfake?
Briefing the media about preparations to deal with the cyclone, Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue, Pankaj Kumar said police would do night patrolling in vulnerable areas to make sure no one is left behind.
Total 10 districts and 408 villages of the Saurashtra region of the state are likely to be impacted. "This will raise the number to 52 [NDRF] teams in Gujarat [47 teams] and Diu [5 teams] for assisting the local administration in rescue and relief work", it said.
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All schools, colleges and anganvadis centres in districts that could be hit by the Cyclone have been closed for today and tomorrow.