The storm is expected to strengthen as it moves north over the
next 36 hours and could become the strongest to strike northwestern
India in decades.
The storm will pass about 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of
Mumbai on Wednesday before making landfall in Gujarat on
As of late Tuesday, the forecast from the Joint
Typhoon Warning Center calls for a landfall intensity of 175
kilometers per hour (110 mph), which would make it equal to a
borderline Category 2 to 3 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean.
If the forecast for Tropical Cyclone Vayu verifies, the storm
would be the strongest to strike the region since 1998, when a
cyclone packing winds of 195 kph (120 mph) killed around 10,000
Fisherman were being warned about the rough seas ahead of the
storm's arrival along with coastal residents preparing for a storm
surge of up to 2 meters, which could inundate parts of the
low-lying coast of the Kutch district in Gujarat.