Cyclone Vayu approaches India

3:15 p.m. ET, June 13, 2019

Our live coverage of Tropical Cyclone Vayu has ended. Read more about how India prepared for the storm here.

3:05 p.m. ET, June 13, 2019

Indian officials will stay on high alert as storm moves away from Gujarat

People try to pull back a fishing boat that was carries away by waves on the Arabian Sea coast as others run to take shelter in Veraval, India, on June 13, 2019.
People try to pull back a fishing boat that was carries away by waves on the Arabian Sea coast as others run to take shelter in Veraval, India, on June 13, 2019. AP Photo/Ajit Solanki

Although Tropical Cyclone Vayu appears to be moving away from Gujarat, state administration officials will remain on high alert until Friday night, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said Thursday.

All schools and colleges in 10 districts in Gujarat will remain closed on Friday, Rupani said at a news conference.

2:53 p.m. ET, June 13, 2019

Airports in Gujarat will reopen starting tonight

Five airports in India's Gujarat region will resume operations starting tonight, India's Airport Authority said.

The airports had previously suspended flights because of Tropical Cyclone Vayu.

Read more details on airport operations below:

10:39 a.m. ET, June 13, 2019

What it looks like when a dust storm blankets India's capital

A giant dust storm blanketed the Indian capital of New Delhi on Wednesday night. Devanshoo Jain shared a video on Twitter.

Watch the video:

8:07 a.m. ET, June 13, 2019

The numbers behind Tropical Cyclone Vayu

Tropical Cyclone Vayu is barreling toward the northwest coast of India and is expected to pass close to the Gujarat coast on Thursday.

While it's not forecast to make landfall, it remains a threat to the coast.

Here's a look at the numbers behind the storm:

  • About 6 million people could be impacted by Tropical Cyclone Vayu, which is expected to pass today near the Indian state of Gujarat.
  • Nearly 300,000 people in northwest India have been evacuated.
  • The storm this morning had sustained winds of 83 to 90 mph, with gusts of almost 100 mph.
  • Officials are concerned about Vayu's possible storm surge — possibly as high as 6.5 feet.
4:28 a.m. ET, June 13, 2019

Gujarat residents urged to stay away from the coast

Indian fishermen try to save a boat from being washed out to sea on the outskirts of Veraval on June 13, 2019.
Indian fishermen try to save a boat from being washed out to sea on the outskirts of Veraval on June 13, 2019. SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images

Gujarat's state's Additional Chief Secretary, Pankaj Kumar, has appealed to those in the path of Tropical Cyclone Vayu to remain in a safe place and not to venture to coastal areas.

"Each and every life is valuable for us," Kumar said at a press conference on Thursday.

He said that people who are staying in evacuation shelters will stay there for now. "We have been providing adequate food, water and medical facilities for the evacuees," Kumar said.

So far, Kumar said there has "not been a single casualty" in the state because of the cyclone.

What to expect: Tropical Cyclone Vayu is not expected to make landfall but it is passing close to the coast, bringing strong gusts of wind, heavy rain and storm surges. Winds of 135 to 145 kilometers per hour (83-90 mph) are expected with gusts of up to 160 kilometers per hour (99 mph).

2:57 a.m. ET, June 13, 2019

India's national disaster body warns of storm surges

India's National Disaster Management Authority is warning that a storm surge of 1.5 to 2 meters (5 - 6.5 feet) is likely to inundate low lying areas in Gujarat's Devbhumi Dwarka district, Porbandar, Junagarh, Diu and Gir Somnath district.

It also warned fishermen "not to venture into the north Arabian Sea and along and off the Gujarat coast and into the east-central Arabian Sea and along and off Maharashtra" due to rough sea conditions.

2:30 a.m. ET, June 13, 2019

National Disaster Response Force deployed

India's National Disaster Response Force says 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.

Vayu, classified as a "very severe cyclonic storm," is not expected to make landfall but it will pass close to the coast, bringing strong gusts of wind, heavy rain and storm surges.

1:59 a.m. ET, June 13, 2019

Coast Guard says boats are safe in Porbander

The Indian Coast Guard has said that all boats in Porbander Harbour are safe. The coastal town is one of the most likely to bear the brunt of Tropical Cyclone Vayu.

What we know about the storm: 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.

What to expect: The immediate coastline will still see heavy rain, strong winds, and storm surge, but the impacts will not be as great and they will not spread as far inland.