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Tropical Cyclone Vayu Moving Away From India's Gujarat State

By Brian Donegan

June 13 2019 05:30 PM EDT

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At a Glance

  • Vayu's outer rainbands are lashing parts of India's northwestern coastline.
  • It's moving away from India, but it could turn back toward northwestern India and southeastern Pakistan this weekend.
  • More than a quarter-million people were evacuated ahead of Vayu.

Tropical Cyclone Vayu is moving away from northwestern India's Gujarat state, but outer rainbands and gusty winds continue to lash parts of the coastline.

More than a quarter-million people were evacuated from several towns and villages in harm's way along India's western coast, according to the Associated Press. This was done with assistance from 39 National Disaster Response teams that were deployed to the region.

(MORE: Residents Urged to Evacuate in Northwestern India)

On the forecast track, Vayu will move away from India's Gujarat state into this weekend. Western India is 9.5 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time in the United States.

However, outer rainbands may continue to produce locally heavy rain and gusty winds at times.

The track of Vayu is more uncertain late this weekend into early next week, and it could turn back toward northwestern India or southeastern Pakistan. It will be weakening but will also likely be moving slowly, which could result in prolonged heavy rainfall.

Tropical Cyclone Strikes Are Infrequent on Far Northwestern India's Coast

Vayu didn't officially make landfall in Gujarat state, but it would have been a rare occurrence if it did. Landfalling tropical cyclones are not very common along northwestern India's Gujarat coast, and stronger tropical cyclones with hurricane-force winds are even rarer.

There have been just three tropical cyclones on record to make landfall in this region of India as a Category 2 or stronger equivalent, according to NOAA's tropical cyclone database. The last one was a Category 3 tropical cyclone, which made landfall in Gujarat in May 1999.

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