A month after super typhoon Fani hit the northeastern coast of India, a new storm was about to land, but this time on the west coast.
According to CNN, typhoon Vayu formed earlier this week to strengthen with winds surpassing the 120km / hour mark, in the Arabian Sea.
The storm is expected to continue to intensify as it moves north, within the next 36 hours. This may be the strongest storm to hit northwest India for decades.
The storm is expected to pass through western Mumbai on June 12, before landing in Gujarat the next day.
At the end of June 11, the storm forecast center estimated that Vayu will be stronger with winds of 175km / h, equivalent to US level 5 level 3 storm.
If it is forecasted correctly, Vayu will be the strongest storm ever to hit the western region of India since 1998. That was the time when a storm with a wind force of 195km / hour landed, causing 10,000 deaths.
The Indian army and government mobilized rapid response to the area, ready for any situation. An estimated 1 million people will be directly affected by Typhoon Vayu. 300,000 people living along the western coastal area are being asked to evacuate.
Interior Minister Amit Shah asked concerned officials to ensure quick restoration of electricity, water and telecommunications supplies immediately after being interrupted by the storm.
The fishermen were warned about the direction of the storm's movement. Coastal areas can face waves as high as 2 meters. The Indian Meteorological Agency forecasts a heavy rain, reaching more than 200mm in Gujarat.
This is the second typhoon to threaten India this year, following Hurricane Fani in May. Hurricane Fani with winds of 240km / h, landed near Puri city in Odisha state, Judge.
The storm caused some deaths, mainly due to collapsing trees and walls. The low number of people killed is thanks to the Indian government that has prepared in advance, evacuating 1 million people in the affected area.