Cyclonic storm Tauktae will soon make landfall in Gujarat. The storm was just 90 km away from the state an hour ago while it was only 78 km away from Diu and Daman. The storm is likely to hit the Gujarat coast and the Saurashtra region from around 11 pm to 12 am. It will also bring with it heavy rains across Gujarat and extremely heavy rains in Saurashtra and Kutch.
Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani to take stock of the preparedness for the cyclone and assured it of all possible help.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday evening called up Chief Minister Vijay Rupani over the phone and sought details of preparation by the state government to deal with cyclone Tauktae,” Rupani’s office said in a statement.
The cyclone once it hits Gujarat is likely to weaken.
Gujarat’s revenue secretary Pankaj Kumar earlier tweeted that the cyclonic storm is 110km South Southeast of Diu. “Likely to make landfall between 2000 and 2300 tonight with wind velocity 155kmph to 165kmph gusting to 185kmph,” he tweeted. He said the state has evacuated 2 lakh people from coastal & vulnerable areas.
#CycloneTauktae is 110km South Southeast of Diu. Likely to make landfall between 2000 and 2300 tonight with wind velocity 155kmph to 165kmph gusting to 185kmph.
#Gujarat has Evacuated 2 lacs persons from coastal & vulnerable areas.
Be at safe place. Dont move out.
— Pankaj Kumar, IAS (@pkumarias) May 17, 2021
Cyclonic storm Tauktae is expected to be among the most severe cyclones to hit Gujarat in twenty years. Officials have said that it is expected to be as dangerous as the 1998 storm that hit Kandla twenty years ago and wreaked havoc in the state killing over 4000 people.
Meanwhile, ports and airports have been closed as Gujarat prepares for a Tauktae’s landfall in the evening. Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, and Maharashtra have so far been in the path of the storm and seen destruction and deaths.
The cyclonic storm intensified into an extremely severe one by Monday morning taking the met department by surprise. Officials said extremely favourable oceanic and atmospheric conditions led to the situation.
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