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Business News/ News / India/  Cyclone Tauktae: 'Very severe' cyclonic storm to reach Gujarat coast on 17 May evening, says IMD
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Cyclone Tauktae: 'Very severe' cyclonic storm to reach Gujarat coast on 17 May evening, says IMD

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Tauktae which has taken the form of a very severe cyclonic storm' is likely to intensify further during the next 24 hours and reach the Gujarat coast on Monday evening.

High tide waves lashed the coast at Shanghumughom beach due to the formation of Cyclone Tauktae in the Arabian Sea in Kerala.Premium
High tide waves lashed the coast at Shanghumughom beach due to the formation of Cyclone Tauktae in the Arabian Sea in Kerala.

Cyclone Tauktae: Gale-force winds, heavy rainfall and high tidal waves swept the coastal belt of Kerala, Karnataka and Goa as Cyclone Tauktae hurtled northwards towards Gujarat on Sunday, leaving six people dead, damaging hundreds of houses, uprooting electricity poles and trees and forcing evacuation in low-lying areas.

Mumbai is expected to see heavy rainfall today. In view of the storm, the city has shifted over 500 Covid patients from its jumbo centres. The cyclone is expected to cause heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Gujarat. Extremely heavy rainfall is predicted in Junagadh and Gir Somnath and heavy to very heavy rain at a few places in the districts of Saurashtra, Kutch and Diu, namely Gir Somnath, Diu, Junagadh, Porbandar, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Amreli, Rajkot, and Jamnagar.

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Cyclonic storm to intensify further during the next 24 hours

Very severe cyclonic storm Tauktae is very likely to intensify further during next 24 hours. It is very likely to cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) around 18 May early morning: IMD

Cyclone Tauktae intensifies after ploughing through coastal Kerala, Karnataka, Goa

Gale-force winds, heavy rainfall and high tidal waves swept the coastal belt of Kerala, Karnataka and Goa as Cyclone Tauktae hurtled northwards towards Gujarat on Sunday, leaving four people dead, damaging hundreds of houses, uprooting electricity poles and trees and forcing evacuation.

Four deaths have been reported from Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada, Udupi, Chikkamagaluru and Shivamogga districts in cyclone-related incidents.

1.5 lakh people being shifted in Gujarat; health staff to be on standby

An estimated 1.5 lakh people are being shifted from low-lying coastal areas in Gujarat while 54 teams of the NDRF and SDRF remained deployed on Sunday in view of the IMD's warning that the very severe cyclonic storm Tauktae will reach the state coast on Monday evening and cross it on early Tuesday morning.

Armed Forces are also kept on standby to deal with any eventuality.

Damages reported in Karnataka

Karnataka Minister Shivaram Hebbar said that in 5 taluks of Uttara Kannada, 71 houses, 76 fishing boats, and 271 electric poles are damaged. One person has died:

Heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected to occur in coastal areas of Gujarat

IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said that heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected to occur in coastal areas of Gujarat on for the next two days . Extremely heavy rainfall is also expected at some places. At the time of landfall, winds speed is expected to be 155-165 kmph gusting to 145 kmph.

Two deaths have been reported in Goa

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that two deaths have been reported in Goa. More than 500 trees have fallen. Around 100 major houses and 100 minor houses were damaged. Roads are blocked. The power supply is disrupted

Very heavy rains likely in parts of Konkan, Mumbai

The very severe cyclonic storm Tauktae could cause heavy to very heavy rains at isolated places in north Konkan, Mumbai, Thane and Palghar in Maharashtra on May 17, the IMD said on Sunday.

The Met department has predicted extremely heavy rainfall in Raigad on Monday.

"Latest track forecast, CS could come at arnd 19N Lat on 17 May afternoon, but could far more than 200 km. Still N Konkan; Mumbai Thane Palghar could hv hvy-vry hvy RF at isol places. Raigad Extremely HR possible. Strong winds, rough sea, Rain 16-17 May," tweeted KS Hosalilar, head SID, Climate Research and Services, IMD, Pune.

Tauktae likely to cross Gujarat coast around 18 May early morning

Very severe cyclonic storm Tauktae is very likely to intensify further during next 24 hours. It is very likely to cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar & Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) around 18 May early morning, said IMD.

Gujarat Energy Minister Saurabh Patel on Cyclone Tauktae

We're fully prepared. In all 12 districts of Saurashtra which are likely to be affected by Cyclone Tauktae, special arrangements have been made in COVID hospitals -- from materials to manpower. Dual power supply arrangement has been done.

Cyclone: No COVID-19 vaccination drive in Mumbai on Monday too

Cyclone Tauktae has crossed Goa and it is near Ratnagiri

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said,"We are monitoring the situation. This cyclone can create a huge problem. Our teams including lifeguards are deployed near the sea. We've trimmed all huge trees & police are patrolling."

Indian Coast Guard in Gujarat warns fishermen






Several houses damaged/destroyed in Valiyathura

Several houses damaged/destroyed in Valiyathura, a coastal village in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram

"My house has been half-destroyed by strong tides. I am carrying heavy stones one by one to protect my house from being washed away by tides," says a local woman.





73 villages affected in Karnataka, 4 dead

At least four people have lost their lives and 73 villages across six districts in Karnataka has been affected amid the intensification of Cyclone Tauktae, said the Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) on Sunday.

Over six districts including three coastal districts and three Malnad districts of Karnataka have received heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours due to the effect of Cyclone Tauktae.

Goa cancels flights:

Considering prevalent weather conditions in, around, en route Goa due to very severe cyclonic storm "Tauktae", all airlines have cancelled their flight operations to and from Goa for today: Goa airport

  • Cyclone is expected to reach the Gujarat Coast in the morning of May 18 with wind speeds ranging from 150 to 160 km/hour speed accompanied by squally winds, heavy rainfall & storm surge in the coastal districts of the state: IMD
  • National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed/made available 79 teams in concerned states & 22 additional teams are also kept in readiness. Rescue & relief teams of the Army, Navy & Coast Guard along with ships & aircrafts have also been deployed.
  • Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Mansukh Mandaviya today reviewed the preparedness of all Ports and Maritime Boards of all States of western coast, pertaining to cyclone #Tauktae and directed to take every steps to ensure safety of people with least possible damage.

Goa's Panaji witnesses spell of Cyclone - WATCH



Cyclone Tauktae: 73 villages affected in Karnataka

Karnataka: Due to the cyclone, heavy to extremely heavy rainfall was observed over 6 districts, 3 coastal districts and 3 Malnad districts in the past 24 hours. So far, 4 people have lost their lives and 73 villages affected, according to the Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA).

Maharashtra Minister Vijay Wadettiwar on Tauktae

Maharashtra Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar: "Districts near the Konkan coast have been warned for cyclone. The chief minister (Uddhav Thackeray) has taken stock of the matter. I have informed him about the rehabilitation work. We have given instructions to prepare large shelters in these areas."

Latest update from IMD

In its latest update posted this morning, the weather department said the very severe cyclonic storm over east central Arabian Sea moved nearly northwards with a speed of about 11 kmph during past 6 hours and lay centred at 0530 hours IST of today (May 16) over east central Arabian Sea, about 130 km west-southwest of Panjim-Goa, 450 km south of Mumbai, 700 km south-southeast of Veraval (Gujarat) and 840 km southeast of Karachi (Pakistan). "It is very likely to intensify during next 24 hours. It is very likely to move north-north-westwards and reach Gujarat coast in the evening hours of 17th& cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) around 18th May early morning," it said.

Cyclone Tauktae hits coastal parts of Goa

Tauktae intensifies into very severe cyclonic storm

In its latest update posted on Twitter, the weather department informed that Cyclone Tauktae has intensified into very severe cyclonic storm.


Trains that have been cancelled on Sunday

The Indian Railways has cancelled or short terminated some trains in view of cyclonic storm 'Tauktae'. List of trains that were scheduled for Sunday, but now cancelled - Train No 09115 Dadar - Bhuj, train No 09455 Bandra Terminus - Bhuj, train No 09003 Bandra Terminus - Bhuj, train No 02945 Mumbai Central - Okha, train No 04321 Bareily - Bhuj, train No 01464 Jabalpur - Somnath, train No 04680 Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra - Jamnagar, train No 09566 Dehradun - Okha, train No 08401 Puri -Okha, train No 09270 Muzaffarpur - Porbandar, and train No 09094 Santragachi - Porbandar.

Forces on stand-by to deal with any situation

PM Modi yesterday held a high level meeting to review the preparedness of states, central ministries and different agencies. After his meeting, the PMO informed that Indian Coast Guard and the Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief, search and rescue operations. Air Force and Engineer task force units of Army were on standby for deployment. Seven ships with Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Units were also kept on standby along western coast. "Surveillance aircraft and helicopters are carrying out serial surveillance along the western coast. Disaster Relief teams (DRTs) and Medical Teams (MTs) are standby at Trivandrum, Kannur and other locations along western coast," the PMO said on Saturday.

Rainfall prediction for Gujarat

In its update issued on Saturday, the weather department said light to moderate rainfall was likely to commence over coastal districts of Saurashtra from Sunday afternoon. Heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over Saurashtra and Kutch and extremely heavy falls at isolated places ( in Junagarh and Gir Somnath Districts) on May 17. Heavy to very heavy falls at a few places over Saurashtra and Kutch. Extremely heavy falls expected at isolated places (Porbandar, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Jamnagar and Kutch districts) on May 18.

Rainfall prediction for Kerala

The IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places on Sunday (May 16) and heavy falls at isolated places on Monday (May 17).

71 relief camps opened across Kerala

The Kerala government has informed that 71 relief camps have been opened across the state to help those affected by the storm. In a tweet, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that in view of Cyclone Tauktae, 71 relief camps have been opened across the state to shelter those affected by sea erosion. Currently, the camps house 2,094 people from 543 families.


Damage expected in districts of Gujarat

The IMD has predicted major damage to thatched houses/huts, kutcha and pucca roads. Roof tops may blow off and unattached metal sheets may fly. Damage may also be caused to power and communication lines. "Breaking of tree branches, uprooting of large avenue trees. Moderate damage to banana and papaya trees. Large dead limbs blown from trees. Major damage to coastal crops. Damage to embankments/ salt pans," the department said

Mumbai shifts Covid patients

Maharashtra | In view of Cyclone Tauktae, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has shifted 580 Covid patients from jumbo centres to other facilities. Mumbai is expecting heavy showers today afternoon.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the preparedness of states, central ministries and agencies concerned to deal with the situation arising out of cyclonic storm. The prime minister asked them to take every possible measure to ensure that people are safely evacuated.

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Published: 16 May 2021, 06:48 AM IST
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