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‘Tauktae’ Intensifies Into ‘Very Severe Cyclonic Storm’, Yellow Alert Issued For Gujarat Coast: IMD | India News

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'Tauktae' Intensifies Into 'Very Severe Cyclonic Storm', Yellow Alert Issued For Gujarat Coast: IMD | India News

Fishing boats anchored amid Cyclone Tauktae warning, at Puthiyappa fishing port in Kozhikode. (Credit: PTI)

NEW DELHI: Cyclone Tauktae has escalated into a “very severe cyclonic storm” and is approaching the coast of Gujarat, the Indian Meteorological Department (IM D) said Sunday.
“It is very likely that it will move north-northwest and reach the Gujarat coast in the evening hours of 17 (May) and cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) around May 18 early in the morning, “said IMD.
IMD has also issued a yellow alert for the coasts of Gujarat and Diu and Daman.
According to IMD’s Cyclone Warning Division, by May 18, the wind speed is expected to increase to 150-160 kilometers per hour, with gusts of up to 175 km / h.
The IMD said the wind speed is likely to reach between 70 and 80 km / h with gusts of up to 90 km / h along and off the south of Maharashtra-Goa and the adjacent shores of Karnataka, and between 40 and 50 km / h with gusts of 60 km / h along and in front of the north. Maharashtra coast on May 16. It is likely to increase to 65-75 km / h, with gusts of 85 km / h along and off the north coast of Maharashtra from May 17 through the morning of May 18.
The gusty wind speed is likely to reach 40-50 km / h with gusts of up to 60 km / h over the northeast Arabian Sea and along and off the southern coasts of Gujarat and Daman and Diu from the morning of May 16.
It will gradually increase, turning into a gale with a speed reaching 150-160 km / h with gusts of 175 km / h over the northeast Arabian Sea and along and off the coast of Gujarat (Porbandar, Junagarh, Gir Somnath, Amreli) and 120-150 km / h with gusts of 165 km / h over Devbhoomi. Gujarat’s Dwarka, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar districts from the early hours of May 18.
Winds with speeds reaching 70-80 km / h with gusts of up to 90 km / h are likely to prevail along and along Dadra, Nagar Haveli, Daman, Waltz, Navsari, Surat, Bharuch, southern parts of Ahmedabad and Anand districts from midnight on May 17 to the morning of May 18.
A tidal wave almost 3 meters high in Junagarh, 1-2.5 meters above the astronomical tide is expected to flood the coastal areas of Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bharuch, Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad, Anand, Surat and around 0.5-1 meters over Devbhoomi Dwarka, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Kutch and Gujarat’s remaining coastal districts during the time it made landfall, IMD said.
According to the meteorological department, in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar district, total destruction of thatched houses, extensive damage to kutcha houses and some damage to pucca houses is expected. There could be a potential threat from flying objects when bending or ripping the power and communication poles.
Major damage to kutcha and pucca roads, flooding of escape routes, minor disruptions to railways, overhead power lines and signaling systems are expected, IMD said.

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