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Cyclone Vayu Likely to Hit India’s Gujarat Today

GUJARAT: The India Meteorological Department said on Wednesday that Cyclone Vayu was due to hit the Gujarat coast early on Thursday with winds gusting up to 170km an hour.

India’s National Disaster Response Force┬ásays it has deployed 52 teams to deal with the impact of Tropical Cyclone Vayu.

On Wednesday, teams helped to evacuate almost 300,000 people from low lying areas in Gujarat.

According to India’s Met office, Gale winds speed of the order of 135-145 kmph gusting to 160 kmph very likely to prevail over the north Arabian Sea and Gujarat coast.

Vayu formed Monday and strengthened Tuesday into a hurricane-strength tropical cyclone in the Arabian Sea.

Powerful tropical cyclones rarely make it this far north in the Arabian Sea, and Gujarat state has not had a hurricane-strength storm make landfall in 20 years.