Cyclone Vayu approaches India: Live updates

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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).

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