Cyclone Tauktae Intensifies, Moving Towards Gujarat, Says IMD | India News
Great wave turbulence due to the cyclone in the Arabiean, at the seaside in Kanyakumari. (PTI photo)
MUMBAI / AHMEDABAD: Cyclonic storm Tauktae it had escalated and was heading towards the coast of Gujarat and the Union Territory of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday night.
It would not affect Bombay, but could bring gusts of wind and rain to the city, he said.
The storm is very likely to intensify further into a “very severe cyclonic storm” late Saturday night, IMD said, adding that it is highly likely to move north-northwest and cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Naliya around May 18.
As it would bring very heavy rains in that region, cities like Mumbai would not be greatly affected, the IMD added.
There will be strong winds and heavy rain in isolated locations on May 17 over northern Konkan, including Mumbai, IMD said.
In Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting on preparing for the cyclone. He instructed officials to ensure the maintenance of essential services such as energy, telecommunications, health and drinking water.
National Disaster Response Force teams are stationed at Gir Somnath, Amreli, Porbandar, Dwarka, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Kutch, Morbi, Surat, Gandhinagar, Waltz, Gujarat’s Bhavnagar, Navsari, Bharuch and Junagarh districts, an NDRF spokesperson said.
“The state government has made all the preparations and a control room has been set up. District administrations in the Saurashtra and southern Gujarat regions have been alerted that they will likely be affected by the cyclone. the NDRF are coming to the state, “Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay rupani told reporters in Banaskantha district.
The Union Ministry of the Interior 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 districts of the 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 rains, and heavy to very heavy rains in isolated locations over Saurashtra and Kutch, and extremely heavy rains are likely in isolated locations in Junagadh and Gir Somnath districts on May 17. , He said. .
“Sea conditions are likely to be very rough to high in the northwestern Arabian Sea along and off the southern coast of Gujarat from May 17 in the morning, and very high to phenomenal as of May 18. May in the morning.
“A tsunami approximately 2 to 3 meters above the astronomical tide is likely to flood the coastal areas of Morbi, Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Jamnagar district, and 1 to 2 meters along Porbandar, Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar and 0.5 to 1 meter over the remaining coastal districts of Gujarat, “the notice said.
The Interior Ministry advised the total suspension of fishing operations in the northwestern Arabian Sea and along and off the coast of Gujarat on May 17-18.
In Maharashtra, Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray ordered the coastal district authorities to remain alert.
Collectors in the Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts have been asked to take all necessary precautions, Thackeray said at a meeting of the Disaster Management Authority.