Cyclone Maha is expected to hit the Gujarat coast near the Union Territory of Diu on Thursday.
The cyclone has developed into 'Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm' and the cyclone is going to move into a northeast direction in the next 12-14 hours.
"Parts of Konkan, central Maharashtra, Marathwada and Goa may witness some rainfall till 7 November, as a result of the cyclonic storm. Isolated places in central Maharashtra and Marathwada may witness thunderstorm and lightning."
In the Palghar district of Maharashtra schools and colleges will remain closed from November 6 to 8 because of the heavy rain warning.
The government is taking some mandatory steps to prevent losses.
"A total of 30 teams of the NDRF and 15 teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed in various parts of Gujarat along with teams of doctors and nurses. District collectors have been asked remain alert to tackle any emergency."
The Indian Navy is on alert too. The western command has been prepared for disaster relief operations along Gujarat and north Maharashtra coast.
Also, four warships have been well equipped with HADR materials. (Humanitarian and disaster relief).