India's western state of Gujarat is braced for the landfall of cyclone Tauktae, which is likely to be the strongest to hit the region since 1998.
The storm has roared up India's western coast over the past two days, with six people killed and thousands evacuated.
Efforts are under way to rescue more than 400 people stranded off the coast in two commercial barges.
The cyclone comes amid a second Covid-19 wave that has overwhelmed India's healthcare system.
In light of the cyclone Tauktae, two of the busiest ports on the west cost of India - Nhava Sheva and Mundra have suspended all yard operations and unberthed all ships till weather conditions improve.