Sunday 16 May 2021

Cyclone Tauktae Heads Towards Indian Shores; Alert Sounded In 5 States

India Today shows that Cyclonic storm Tauktae has intensified into a "very severe" cyclonic storm, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday morning. Cyclone Tauktae is likely to cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) around early morning on May 18.

The storm lay centered about 150 km southwest of Panjim-Goa, 490 km south of Mumbai, and 730 km south-southwest of Veraval (Gujarat). 

The IMD has said there is likelihood of heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in Mumbai on Monday. An orange alert has been issued for Mumbai and red alert for Raigad district in Maharashtra.

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 6 people dead, damaging hundreds of houses, uprooting electricity poles and trees and forcing evacuation in low-lying areas.

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