Cyclone Tauktae Reaches Gujarat Causing Deadly Destruction
Cyclone Tauktae weakened into a severe cyclonic storm from a “very severe” storm on Tuesday morning, the India Meteorological Department officials predicted. It has entered the state of Gujarat after creating major havoc in Maharashtra.
Cyclone Tauktae touched over the Gujarat coast on Monday night and weakened into a severe cyclonic storm from a very severe cyclonic storm on 18th May, morning. After the landfall which was completed on Tuesday morning, the system is very likely to re-curve north-northeastwards, across Gujarat, and weaken gradually. IMD suggested that it is expected to weaken gradually and transform into a depression over Rajasthan.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the landfall process of the eye of the extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae, which hit the Gujarat coast in the Saurashtra region between Diu and Una, ended around midnight. Cyclone Tauktae crossed Gujarat as an “extremely severe cyclonic storm” and gradually weakened. According to IMD’s latest reports, it lay over the Saurashtra region near Amreli as a “severe severe cyclonic storm,” and was likely to weaken gradually into a cyclonic storm by the afternoon.
A massive storm surged in the sea with waves rising high up to 3 meters. It affected hundreds of coastal villages. The supply of electricity was stopped due to strong winds in parts of Amreli, Gir-Somnath, and Diu. Over the past six hours, the cyclone has moved north-northeastwards at a speed of 8 kmph. It is expected to continue moving in the same direction, and weaken into a Cyclonic Storm within the next three hours.
As the fallout of Cyclone Tauktae continues, the Indian Navy has dispatched its warship INS Talwar to an oil rig and a barge with a total of 297 people stranded on board in the Bombay High Fields vicinity. An official said the INS Talwar is going to the oil rig Sagar Bhushan with 101 people on board and the accommodation Barge SS-3 with 196 persons. Lashed and tossed around by high waves, both the vessels are drifting dangerously in extreme sea conditions and are currently reported to be around 90 km southeast of the Pipavav Port in Gujarat.
Cyclone Tauktae created major havoc in Maharashtra especially Mumbai on Monday, 17 May. As it moved towards Gujarat, Maharashtra will continue to feel the after-effects of the cyclone on Tuesday, with North Konkan particularly likely to experience isolated heavy rains until afternoon, as per the IMD.
Cyclone Tauktae moves northeastward gradually heavy rains are likely to prevail over Gujarat and Rajasthan. Rainfall accumulation of up to 200 mm is expected in Gujarat and 100-150 mm rainfall in south Rajasthan within the next 24 hours. The rain bands will spread to the Western Himalayan Region and adjoining northeastern plains prevailing till Thursday.
Gale winds are expected in Gujarat and South Rajasthan till early Wednesday. Especially, gusty winds exceeding 100 kmph can be seen on Tuesday. Areas like Saurashtra, Kutch, Konkan and Goa, and other nearby areas may experience power outages, flooding, land slides, and inundation.