Cyclone Tauktae To Hit Gujarat, Maharashtra And Kerala From Lakshadweep And Arabian Sea

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The powerful cyclonic storm named Tauktae is developing rapidly towards coasts of Gujarat Maharashtra and Kerala. The cyclone is coming from Lakshadweep and Arabian Sea with a low pressure. 

The cyclone is expected to hit Gujarat, Maharashtra and Kerala between the 17th to the 21st of May. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) three states has been put on alert. Mumbai’s Thane is on yellow alert and orange and red alerts have been issued for several districts in Gujarat and Kerala.

The Cyclone Tauktae is likely to intensify into a full-fledged cyclonic storm on the 16th of May, causing heavy rains accompanied by gusty winds in southern and western coastal parts of the country. The IMD said, “Deep Depression intensified into a Cyclonic Storm “Tauktae” (pronounced as Tau’Te) over Lakshadweep area and adjoining southeast & eastcentral Arabian Sea: Cyclone watch for south Gujarat & Diu coasts.”

In addition, a Indian Navy Spokesperson said, “Indian Navy ships, aircraft, helicopters, diving and disaster relief teams standby…for rendering full support to State administrations as Cyclonic Storm Tauktae approaches Western Coast of India.”

According to sources, the cyclonic storm would bring moderate rainfall in large areas in Lakshadweep Islands with heavy to very heavy rainfall in some place with extremely heavy rains in isolated places. The cyclone would come with a wind speed of 150 to 160 Km per hour (kmph.)

In Kerala, heavy to very heavy rains are likely to be witnessed on the 15th of May and heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places on the16th of May and the 17th of May.

The cyclone would trigger heavy rains in Mumbai, southern Konkan region’s Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts of Maharashtra, parts of Goa and Gujarat over the next three days till it reaches the Gujarat coast on Tuesday, the 18th of May.

As per the IMD, Gujarat would receive rain from the 17th of May, followed by heavy to very heavy rains at few locations in Kutch and Saurashtra regions and isolated heavy to very heavy spells in Kutch on Wednesday, the 19th of May.

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