A cyclone in the Arabian Sea has battered an Indian fishing hub with heavy wind, wave and rain and was forecast to still bring dangerous weather even as it veered away from the western coast.
The India Meteorological Department says Cyclone Vayu, the season's second major storm and named after the Hindi word for wind, has jogged west, skirting the coast of the western state of Gujarat and unlikely to hit it head on as previously forecast.
Pakistan warned of rough seas and dangerous heat, though the cyclone wasn't expected to directly hit the port city of Karachi.
In anticipation of the storm, rescue workers evacuated nearly 300,000 people, taking a cue from Cyclone Fani, which came ashore on India's eastern coast in May, killing 34 people in India and 15 in neighbouring Bangladesh.
An unprecedented evacuation effort that involved relocating about a million people ahead of Fani was credited with saving many lives.
Though not as severe as Fani and unlikely to make landfall, Vayu could leave dangerous conditions in its wake, Indian authorities cautioned.
In Veraval, a hub of India's fishing industry, heavy wind and rain from Vayu battered the beaches.
Fishing boats were splintered by huge waves crashing onto shore. Local police were making a last-minute appeal to hut dwellers to leave their homes.
A blanket of steady rain came down in the coastal city of Porbandar, the birthplace of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi.
With the worst averted, rescue workers, including 50 teams from the National Disaster Relief Force and around 1000 Indian navy and army personnel, were searching for any villagers who remained in coastal areas to relocate to school buildings and other designated evacuation sites.
Australian Associated Press