Cyclone Tauktae, which is currently lying over eastcentral Arabian Sea, is likely to reach the Gujarat coast today evening and make landfall between Porbandar and Mahuva during the night. The IMD has issued a red alert clarifying that the extremely severe cyclonic storm is likely to make landfall with a maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 km per hour gusting to 185 km per hour.
During the past six hours, Tauktae moved north-northwestwards at a speed of 15 km per hour. At 8.30 am, the system was lying about 150 km west of Mumbai, 220 km south-southeast of Diu, 260km southeast of Veraval and 490 km east-southeast of Karachi.
“It is very likely to move north-northwestwards and reach Gujarat coast in the evening hours of May 17 and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) during the night (2000 –2300 hrs IST) of May 17 with a maximum sustained wind speed 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
Impact of Tauktae
Under the impact of the extremely severe cyclonic storm, light to moderate rainfall is expected at most places in Gujarat, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places is likely over Saurashtra, Diu and adjoining Gujarat region on May 17.
This apart, heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places over the Gujarat region and heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Saurashtra is also expected on May 18. Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall also likely over Kutch during the same period.
As far as Rajasthan is concerned, light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy to very heavy rainfall and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places is likely over south Rajasthan on May 18. Also, heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Rajasthan is expected on May 19.
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