Nearly 300,000 people are to be evacuated in 700 shelters, said a spokesman for the Indian Ministry of Interior on Wednesday. Schools and colleges are closed until Friday in the affected districts.
On Wednesday, tropical cyclone Vayu will pass approximately 200 kilometers west of Mumbai before landing in Gujarat state on the west coast of India on Thursday.
Thirty-nine national civil protection teams, each with approximately 45 employees, were deployed to assist local authorities in evacuation, search, rescue and relief operations. The army has 34 teams on standby.
Strongest Cyclone in 20 Years
Mighty tropical cyclones rarely make it that far to the north of the Arabian Sea, and the state of Gujarat has not landed a hurricane-force storm for 20 years.
Faced with this storm, the Indian military and the Indian government sent personnel from the National Disaster Response Force to the region on Tuesday.
Fishermen were warned of the harsh sea before the arrival of the storm, along with coastal residents preparing for a tidal wave of up to 2 meters, which could flood parts of the low-lying coast of the Kutch district of Gujarat.
The Indian Meteorological Department also warns of the possibility of heavy rainfall (over 200 millimeters or 8 inches). along with gusts of wind over 135 km / h along the coast of Gujarat.
Second cyclone for India this year
This is India's second major tropical cyclone threat of the year, facing Fani in early May.
Fani, who struck near the town of Puri in the state of Odisha , had winds of 240 km / h, which corresponds to a category 4 hurricane.