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300,000 evacuated in India as hurricane-strength Tropical Cyclone Vayu approaches by Brandon Miller, Taylor Ward and Sugam Pokharel June 12,2019   |  Source: CNN

Six million people could be impacted by Tropical Cyclone Vayu, which is barreling towards northwest India and expected to make landfall in the next 24 hours.

Almost 300,000 people are set to be evacuated to 700 shelter homes, a spokesperson for India's Home Ministry said Wednesday. Schools and colleges in affected districts are closed until Friday, officials said.

With winds in excess of 120 kph (75 mph), Tropical Cyclone Vayu could become the strongest cyclone to strike northwestern India in decades. It comes one month after powerful Tropical Cyclone Fani slammed into India's northeastern coastline.

On Wednesday, Tropical Cyclone Vayu will pass about 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of Mumbai before making landfall in Gujarat state on India's western coast on Thursday.

Thirty-nine National Disaster Response Force teams -- each with about 45 people -- have been deployed to help local authorities with evacuation, search, rescue and relief operations. The army has 34 teams on stand-by.

Tropical Cyclone Vayu formed Monday and strengthened on Tuesday into a hurricane-strength tropical cyclone in the Arabian Sea. 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

 

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