A lifeguard walks along at Girgaum Chowpatty beach following its closure in Mumbai on June 12, 2019.
A lifeguard walks alongside at Girgaum Chowpatty seaside following its closure in Mumbai on June 12, 2019. PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Photos

Six million individuals could possibly be impacted by Tropical Cyclone Vayu, which is barreling towards northwest India.

Whereas the cyclone turned away from land on Wednesday, the India Meteorological Division is predicting the storm will “very doubtless” cross the Gujarat coast someday on Thursday.

Practically 300,000 individuals have been evacuated from low-lying areas in Gujarat to safer locations in preparation for the cyclone. Colleges and schools in affected districts are closed till Friday, officers stated.

What we all know in regards to the storm: Vayu shaped Monday and strengthened Tuesday right into a hurricane-strength tropical cyclone within the Arabian Sea. Highly effective tropical cyclones not often make it this far north within the Arabian Sea, and Gujarat state has not had a hurricane-strength storm make landfall in 20 years.

How highly effective is it? With winds in extra of 120 kph (that is about 75 mph), Tropical Cyclone Vayu might change into the strongest cyclone to affect northwestern India in a long time. It comes one month after highly effective Tropical Cyclone Fani slammed into India’s northeastern shoreline.

What to look at for: Coastal residents are making ready for a storm surge of as much as 2 meters (6.5 ft), which might inundate elements of the low-lying coast of the Kutch district in Gujarat. India’s Meteorological Division is warning of the potential for heavy rainfall (over 200 millimeters or eight inches) alongside the Gujarat coast.