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‘Tauktae’ intensifies into extremely severe cyclonic Storm; very likely to reach Gujarat coast today evening

The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Tauktae over east central Arabian Sea moving with a speed of about 20 kilometres per hour has intensified into an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm. The Cyclone is centred over east central Arabian Sea about 160 km from Mumbai & 290 km from Veraval in Gujarat.

According to the National Weather Forecasting Centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclone Tauktae is very likely to reach Gujarat coast this evening. The Met Department has said that the cyclone is very likely to cross between Porbandar & Mahuva in Bhavnagar district tonight as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm with a maximum sustained wind speed gusting up to 185 kilometres per hour.

Forecast regarding moderate to very heavy rainfall has been made for coastal areas in Maharashtra & Gujarat and central and south districts of Rajasthan.

IMD has issued warnings regarding complete suspension of fishing operations over east central Arabian Sea, northeast Arabian Sea and along & off Gujarat, Daman, Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli coasts till tomorrow noon. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into east central Arabian Sea along & off Maharashtra – Goa coasts and into northeast Arabian Sea along & off Gujarat, Daman, Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli coast till tomorrow. Those who are out at Sea over north Arabian Sea have been advised to return to the coast.

The very severe cyclonic storm Tauktae which lay centered in the east-central Arabian Sea has intensified into extremely severe cyclonic storm. It may cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva in Bhavnagar district tonight. The very severe cyclonic storm Tauktae is about 160 kilometer west southwest of Mumbai, 290 kilometer south southeast of Veraval and 250 kilometer south southeast of Diu at 5.30 hours this morning.

According to the latest bulletin of IMD, the very severe cyclonic storm Tauktae is likely to move north- northwestwards and reach Gujarat coast in the evening hours today and may cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva from 8 pm to 11pm today. The very severe cyclonic storm will cross Gujarat coast with a maximum sustained wind speed of 155 to 165 kilometers per hour gusting up to 185 kilometers per hour.

The Met office has predicted light to moderate rain at many places in Saurashtra and South Gujarat with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places from today evening. Squally wind speed reaching 40 to 50 kilometers per hour is likely over north east Arabian sea and along and off South Gujarat and Daman and Diu coast from today, which will gradually increase becoming gale wind speed reaching 155 to 165 kilometers per hour gusting to 185 kilometers per hour over northeast Arabian sea and along and off Gujarat coast. Tidal waves above the astronomical tide are likely to inundate coastal areas in Saurashtra.

AIR Ahmedabad correspondent reports that 44 teams of NDRF have been deployed in the coastal districts likely to be hit by the very severe cyclonic storm Tauktae. The Indian Navy today said that it has not received a request for immediate help from the civil administration in Mumbai till now. The Navy has Flood Rescue Teams ready for deployment at each of the Naval Establishments in Colaba, Worli, Ghatkopar, Mankhurd and Malad for immediate assistance in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, the IMD has sounded red warning for Raigad district as it will receive extremely heavy rainfall.  Houses were damaged, trees and electric poles were uprooted at many places.

Due to disruption in the power supply, various places in Raigad including famous tourists spots of Alibaug, Murud, Mahad and Roha are in dark.

Till now, 8,360 people have been shifted to safe locations. Despite huge loss to property there are no reports of any loss of life.

 

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