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Cyclone Tauktae to bring heavy rains in Gujarat


The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the coastal areas of Gujarat will witness strong winds from Friday onwards due to a cyclone. Other coastal states like Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Goa will also be impacted by the cyclonic circulation that is hovering over Southeast Arabian Sea.

The circulation is likely to turn into a low-pressure area and intensify into a storm over the east-central Arabian Sea. The cyclonic storm nicknamed Tauktae, a namesake of a highly vocal lizard gecko will be India’s first cyclonic storm of the year if it materializes.

Fishermen in Gujarat and other coastal states have been warned not to venture into the sea due to cyclone. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has already asked officials in the coastal districts of the state to take necessary safety measures. The cyclonic storm is likely to reach Gujarat’s coast by May 18.

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Coastal areas of Gujarat are likely to receive rainfall from May 17 onwards due to cyclone with few places in Saurashtra and Kutch getting heavy rainfall on May 18.

“A low pressure area has formed over the southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area today. It is very likely to become well marked over Lakshadweep area by Friday morning,” the IMD has said.


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