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(AP Photo/Fareed Khan). Pakistani fishermen boats are called back from the sea following a warning by authorities of Cyclone Vayu at Karachi harbor in Pakistan, Thursday, June 13, 2019. The meteorological department Thursday issued an alert, warning fi... (AP Photo/Fareed Khan). Pakistani fishermen boats are called back from the sea following a warning by authorities of Cyclone Vayu at Karachi harbor in Pakistan, Thursday, June 13, 2019. The meteorological department Thursday issued an alert, warning fi...
(NDRF via AP). In this photo released by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), NDRF soldiers cut branches of an uprooted tree that fell in the compound of a house from Cyclone Vayu at Diu, India, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Indian authorities are b... (NDRF via AP). In this photo released by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), NDRF soldiers cut branches of an uprooted tree that fell in the compound of a house from Cyclone Vayu at Diu, India, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Indian authorities are b...
(AP Photo/Fareed Khan). Pakistani fishermen boats are called back from the sea following a warning by authorities of Cyclone Vayu at Karachi harbor in Pakistan, Thursday, June 13, 2019. The meteorological department Thursday issued an alert, warning fi... (AP Photo/Fareed Khan). Pakistani fishermen boats are called back from the sea following a warning by authorities of Cyclone Vayu at Karachi harbor in Pakistan, Thursday, June 13, 2019. The meteorological department Thursday issued an alert, warning fi...
(AP Photo/Ajit Solanki). People try to move a fishing boat to a safer ground on the Arabian Sea coast in Veraval, Gujarat, India, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Authorities have evacuated nearly 300,000 people from India's western coastline ahead of a very s... (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki). People try to move a fishing boat to a safer ground on the Arabian Sea coast in Veraval, Gujarat, India, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Authorities have evacuated nearly 300,000 people from India's western coastline ahead of a very s...
(AP Photo/Ajit Solanki). People try to move a fishing boat to a safer ground on the Arabian Sea coast in Veraval, Gujarat, India, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Authorities have evacuated nearly 300,000 people from India's western coastline ahead of a very s... (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki). People try to move a fishing boat to a safer ground on the Arabian Sea coast in Veraval, Gujarat, India, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Authorities have evacuated nearly 300,000 people from India's western coastline ahead of a very s...

VERAVAL, India (AP) - The Latest on Cyclone Vayu (all times local):

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12:30 p.m.

Authorities say a very severe cyclone appears to have changed course and is less likely to touch India's western coast than was previously forecast.

The India Meteorological Department says Cyclone Vayu has jogged west away from the shoreline of Gujarat state as it travels northwest toward Pakistan.

Fearing a dangerous impact, rescue workers had evacuated nearly 300,000 people from the state in western India.

Coastal areas in Gujarat have experienced heavy wind and rain, with huge waves splintering abandoned fishing boats.

Authorities in Pakistan said the southern port city of Karachi could experience a heat wave and dust storms because of the cyclone even as it remained far from the coast.

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10 a.m.

Authorities have evacuated nearly 300,000 people from India's western coastline ahead of a very severe cyclone that's expected to make landfall as the year's second major storm.

The India Meteorological Department says Cyclone Vayu, named after the Hindi word for wind, could glance the western state of Gujarat Thursday afternoon before returning to sea.

In Veraval, a hub of India's fishing industry where Vayu was expected to touch down, heavy wind and rain battered the beaches early Thursday. Fishing boats were splintered by huge waves crashing onto shore. Local police tried to convince hut dwellers to leave their homes.

Gale winds up to 180 kilometers (112 miles) per hour and rough sea conditions could last up to 12 hours in the cyclone's wake as it moves west toward Pakistan.

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