Meanwhile, Vayu cyclonic storm is also expected to hit the coastal towns of Porbandar, Mahua, Veraval and the Union Territory of Diu in India on Thursday (tomorrow).
Forecasters warned of heavy rains and high winds of up to 170 km/h (105 mph).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has advised people to closely follow real-time information being disseminated by the authorities.
A highly mobile deployable radar has been placed at a high state of readiness at Gandhinagar to channelise helicopter operations towards relief and evacuation and establish communication with control centres, the IAF said. The Indian Air Force is transporting National Disaster Relief Force personnel and emergency aid to the region. It was predicted to move almost northwards and cross the coast of Gujarat between Porbandar and Diu around Veraval at a speed of 145-155 km per hour, likely to escalate to 170 km per hour on Thursday morning. Cyclone Vayu will return to open sea in result of change in its trajectory and will dissipate after becoming a weak storm, weather experts said.
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Flight operations from Ahmedabad's Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport to Porbandar, Diu, Kandla, Mundra and Bhavnagar in the Saurashtra have been cancelled for Thursday, while all educational institutions have been shut and tourists on the Gujarat coast asked to steer out at the earliest, officials said. Nearly 2,80,000 people are evacuated from the region as an immediate action to prevent people from this natural calamity named the Cyclone Vayu.
"I urge people to please cooperate and move from low lying areas and from near sea coast", Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani said.
The department also forecast waves of 3.5-5.3 metres over the next two days, with fishermen told not to venture out to sea.
"Though, the state is unlikely to be affected by cyclone Vayu, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts that heavy rains accompanied by gusty winds are expected to lash the state", KSDMA says.
In addition, 11 columns of Army, two companies of BSF, 14 companies of State Reserve Police and 300 commandos of state marine police were also deployed at different locations in Kutch and Saurashtra region, the officer added.