Cyclonic storm Tauktae which turned from a severe storm to an extreme severe storm on Monday made landfall in Gujarat at around 8 pm. The India Meteorological Department tweeted about the landfall stating that it will cross the coast between Porbandar and Mahuva in the next few hours.
The storm is heading towards the region at a speed of 155-165 kilometres per hour. “The ESCS TAUKTAE lies close to the Gujarat coast. The landfall process started and will continue for the next 02 hours,” the weather office tweeted.
Satellite images posted by the IMD showed the eye of the cyclone entering the Saurashtra coast. Meanwhile, the affected areas reported strong winds, heavy rains with trees being uprooted, and power cuts.
THE FORWARD SECTOR OF EYE IS ENTERING INTO THE LAND. THE CENTRE OF THE CYCLONE WILL CROSS SAURASHTRA COAST TO THE EAST OF DIU WITHIN NEXT 03 HOURS. OUTER CLOUD BAND LIES OVER SAURASHTRA.
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) May 17, 2021
The cyclone’s centre is 35 km east-southeast of Diu at present. The IMD said the centre of the cyclone will cross the Saurashtra coast to the east of Diu in the next 3 hours.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and top officials of the state are at the State Control Room in Gandhinagar to monitor the situation.
The cyclone also resulted in a heavy downpour in Ahmedabad albeit it stopped after some time. Overall the city registered half an inch of rainfall.
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.
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