Cyclone Tauktae, which is currently lying over eastcentral Arabian Sea is likely to reach the Gujarat coast on the evening of May 17 and make landfall between Porbandar and Mahuva on May 18, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The weather department has already issued a cyclone alert for Gujarat and Diu coasts.
Tauktae, which has already intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm over eastcentral Arabian Sea, is moving northwards with a speed of 11 km per hour during the past six hours. On Sunday morning at around 8.30 am, the system was lying about 120 km west-southwest of Panjim, 420 km south of Mumbai, 660 km south-southeast of Veraval and 810 km southeast of Karachi.
“It is very likely to intensify further during the next 24 hours. 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) around May 18 early morning,” the IMD said in its weather bulletin. The system is likely to have a maximum sustained wind speed of 150-160 km per hour gusting to 175 km per hour.
Tauktae will weaken after landfall
According to weather experts, Tauktae is likely to weaken after the landfall.
It will lose its intensity and become a cyclonic storm on May 18 and will eventually become a depression on May 19. The system has already caused multiple deaths in Kerala and Karnataka.
24 NDRF teams deployed in Gujarat
In a bid to carry out rapid rescue and relief operations, at least 24 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are going to be deployed by today evening. Out of the 24 teams, 13 teams have been airlifted from Odisha and Punjab with the help of the Indian Air Force, NDRF DG Satya Pradhan said.
NDRF deputy commandant Ranvijay Kumar Singh said that the teams are prepared with all necessary equipment and will be on standby
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