It is likely to move north-northwest and then north-westwards "skirting the Saurashtra coast", Mohanty said.
After India's home minister, Amit Shah, held a meeting today with government and military officials, air force planes carried 39 National Disaster Response Force teams to the western coast.
Tropical Cyclone Vayu presently barreling in Arabian Sea at 550 kilometers distance in southeast of Karachi, the met office said. Cyclone Vayu has changed its course slightly and would now hit Gujarat coast anywhere between Veraval in the south and Dwarka in the west on Thursday afternoon.
Very severe cyclonic storm Vayu earlier predicted to bather Gujarat may miss to hit the state as it has trajectory overnight.
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The advisory also aimed at minimising damage to vital infrastructure and ensuring early recovery of all essential services after the cyclone makes landfall, a Home Ministry statement said. The western parts of Saurashtra and Kutch region in Gujarat are likely to witness "heavy to very heavy rains" between June 12 and June 14.
Gujarat Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama on Thursday endorsed the decision of the Shiva temple authorities to keep the shrine open despite the alert. Reviewing the preparedness of the state and central agencies, the Cabinet Secretary directed that people from vulnerable areas be moved to safer places, and essential food, drinking water and medicines be stocked.
The port at the Gulf of Cambay in Gujarat has suspended all operations.
Precautionary measures have been taken by the Gujarat government and over three lakh people living in low-lying areas and thatched houses in the coastal districts have been evacuated, an official said.
According to IMD Ahmedabad, at present, Vayu is 160 km south-southwest of Diu, 110 km southwest of Veraval (Gujarat) and 140 km south of Porbandar (Gujarat). State Relief director M R Kothari said, "The evacuation process, which was started on Wednesday morning, is nearing its end".