Several trees were uprooted and a gallery of a house in Khokhra fell due to the impact of rain and strong winds in the wake of cyclone Tauktae in Ahmedabad. As per the met department cyclonic storm, Tauktae lay centered over Gujarat, 105 km south-southwest of Ahmedabad, and 35 km southwest of Surendranagar.
The storm that at present has an intensity of 75-85 kmph near the centre resulted in strong winds in Ahmedabad. The city is likely to see wind speeds of 30 to 35 kmph. The met department said the storm would eventually move towards the north-northeastwards and weaken into a deep depression in the next six hours.
DDO Ahmedabad, Arun Mahesh Babu tweeted that the eye will pass through Nalsarovar lake, Ahmedabad and enter Sanand taluka. The buffer is expected to brush through western Ahmedabad and move towards Gandhinagar at around 6 p.m.
The eye will pass through Nalsarovar lake,#Ahmedabad and enter Sanand taluka.The buffer is expected to brush through western #Ahmedabad and move towards Gandhinagar at around 6 p.m. pic.twitter.com/AyTa6WWj2J
— Arun Mahesh Babu IAS (@DDOAHMEDABAD1) May 18, 2021
The heavy rains also resulted in waterlogging at Hatkeshwar and Kokhra. A testing dome in Hatkeshwar blew away in the wind.
Two gates of Vasna barrage have been opened so far. The water level in the Sabarmati River has also been reduced given that the city is likely to see rain for the next several hours. Authorities have appealed to people to not venture out in the storm. 3,046 peopel have been shifted to safe locations in Dholera and Dhandhuka taluka of Ahmedabad.
High alert has been declared in Viramgam, Sanand, Bavla and other areas of Ahmedabad.
In Amreli, over 200 trees were uprooted and several roads were blocked. Several villages and towns in Saurashtra reported disruption in electricity supply after electric poles were uprooted by strong winds.
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.
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