The storm is likely to intensify further into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ by late Saturday night, and will cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Naliya on 18 May
Mumbai/Ahmedabad: Cyclonic storm Tauktae had intensified and was heading towards the coast of Gujarat and the Union Territory of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday evening.
It will not affect Mumbai but could bring gusty winds and showers to the city, it said.
The CS “Tauktae” intensified into a SCS, lay centred at 1730 IST of 15th May over eastcentral Arabian Sea, about 220 km SSW of Panjim-Goa, 590 km SSW of Mumbai. Likely to intensify further into a VSCS & cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar & Naliya around 18th May A/N /Evening. pic.twitter.com/1nScsezDhD
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) May 15, 2021
The storm is very likely to intensify further into a “very severe cyclonic storm” by late Saturday night, the IMD said, adding it was very likely to move north-northwestwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Naliya around 18 May.
As it will bring very heavy rainfall in that region, cities like Mumbai would not be affected much, the IMD added.
There will be strong winds and heavy rainfall at isolated places on 17 May over north Konkan, including Mumbai, the IMD said.
In Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting on preparedness in the face of the cyclone. He instructed officials to ensure maintenance of essential services like power, telecommunications, health and drinking water.
Teams of the National Disaster Response Force are being stationed at Gir Somnath, Amreli, Porbandar, Dwarka, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Kutch, Morbi, Surat, Gandhinagar, Valsad, Bhavnagar, Navsari, Bharuch and Junagarh districts of Gujarat, an NDRF spokesperson said.
“The state government has made full preparations and a control room has been set up. Administrations of the districts in Saurashtra and south Gujarat regions, which are likely to be affected by the cyclone, have been alerted. Teams of the NDRF are reaching the state,” Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani told reporters in Banaskantha district.
The Union Home Ministry in an advisory to the Gujarat government said the “very severe cyclonic storm” is likely to cause damage to thatched houses, roads, power and communication lines especially in the districts of Saurashtra region such as Devbhoomi Dwarka, Kutch, Porbandar, Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Jamnagar, Amreli, Rajkot and Morbi.
Many places in the coastal districts of Saurashtra will receive light to moderate rainfall, and heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Saurashtra and Kutch, and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places in Junagadh and Gir Somnath districts is likely on 17 May, it said.
“Sea condition is likely to be very rough to high over the northwest Arabian sea along and off south Gujarat coast from 17 May morning, and very high to phenomenal from 18 May morning. Tidal wave of about 2-3 metres above astronomical tide is likely to inundate coastal areas of Morbi, Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Jamnagar district, and 1-2 metres along Porbandar, Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar, and 0.5-1 metre over the remaining coastal districts of Gujarat,” the advisory said.
The Home Ministry advised total suspension of fishing operations over the northwest Arabian sea and along and off the Gujarat coast on 17 and 18 May.
In Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray directed the authorities in coastal districts to remain alert.
Collectors of Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg districts have been asked to take all necessary precautions, Thackeray said at a meeting of the Disaster Management Authority.
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