Cyclone forecast to jog away from Indian coast

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VERAVAL, India (AP) -- 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.

Courtesy: MGN Online

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.