Cyclone Vayu veered away from the Indian state of Gujarat, thrashing parallel to the coast and turning toward the center of the Arabian Sea.
Director of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Jayanta Sarkar said on Thursday that Cylcone Vayuis is not expected to make landfall, as previously forecast.
The storm would instead skirt along the coast of Gujarat state. But the dangers of stormy weather continued. Many coastal towns and cities will be impacted by the dangerous weather conditions, officials warned.
Trees swayed in high winds, while others crashed on the ground and on to roads.
The gusty wind, heavy rains, and strong waves expected to batter the beaches of the Indian fishing hub around Veraval. Massive waves crashing on to the shore splintered fishing boats.
Local police made last-minute appeals to hut dwellers to evacuate from their homes.
Earlier, rescue workers helped to evacuate about 300,000 residents, in anticipation of the severity of the cyclone.
Sarkar said the storm would continue for two days—Thursday and Friday, before losing intensity.
Chief meteorologist at Pakistan Meteorological Department, Sardar Sarfaraz, was carefully monitoring Cyclone Vayu’s movements.
The Pakistan meteorological department has warned residents in Karachi coastal areas to avoid fishing in the Arabian Sea, as Vayu could cause rough sea conditions.
Sarfaraz said on Thursday that Cyclone Vayu was 310 miles from Karachi and hence would not directly impact on the coast of Karachi. But the department stated that Vayu could cause dust storms and rainfall.
“The heat caused in Karachi for the past days and the next two days would be due to trapping of sea breeze in the anti-clockwise circulation of cyclone,” said Sarfaraz.
He explained that Vayu has caused a “heat wave condition” that will likely hit Karachi on Thursday and Friday because the cyclone traps sea breezes, rising temperatures to 108 degrees Fahrenheit (or 42 degrees Celsius).
Cyclone Vayu spares India’s Gujarat, thrashes parallel to the coast toward the center of Arabian Sea.