Cyclone Tauktae that made landfall in Gujarat as an ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’ on Monday night and left a trail of destruction has weakened into a severe cyclonic storm. On Tuesday morning, it was lying over Saurashtra about 10 km east of Amreli, 130 km south-southwest of Surendranagar and 210 km southwest of Ahmedabad.
The system is likely to further lose its intensity and weaken into a cyclonic storm and depression by today evening. “The remnant of the system is very likely to move north-eastwards across Rajasthan to west Uttar Pradesh during May 19 and 20,” IMD said.
Tauktae to bring rain
Under the impact of Tauktae, rainfall has been registered in most places in Gujarat, with areas around the west coast and Saurashtra registering heavy rainfall. Bagasara in Amreli district recorded 212 mm rainfall in past 24 hours, whereas Savarkundla, also in Amreli, recorded 167 mm rainfall. Palitana in Bhavnagar recorded 158 mm rainfall.
Gadhada in Gir Somnath district recorded 185 mm rainfall, whereas Una recorded 175 mm rainfall. Umergam in Valsad recorded 183 mm rainfall.
Light to moderate rainfall expected in Gujarat
With the weather system rapidly losing its intensity, light to moderate rainfall is expected at most places in Gujarat today, whereas heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected at isolated places. The system will also bring relief for rain-parched Rajasthan, with isolated rainfall on May 18 and 19.
Wind speed reaching 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph is likely to prevail over the Gulf of Khambat and adjoining northeast Arabian Sea during the next six hours. It is likely to reduce gradually thereafter. In most places in Gujarat, the wind speed will be less than 80 kmph.
Sea conditions will be very rough over the Gulf of Khambhat and adjoining northeast Arabian Sea and along and off south Gujarat, Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli coasts during the next 12 hours and improve gradually thereafter.
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