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“Extremely Severe Cyclone” Tauktae to cross Gujarat coast tonight

NDRF team deployed at Veraval coast as Cyclone Tauktae is expected to make landfall by the night on May 17.   | Photo Credit: Vijay Soneji

The Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm “Tauktae” (pronounced 'Tau’Te) over east central Arabian Sea moved nearly northwards with a speed of about 13 kmph during the past six hours and lay centred at 1130 hours on Monday. It is about 145 km west of Mumbai, 180 km south-southeast of Diu, 220 km southeast of Veraval (Gujarat), and 475 km east-southeast of Karachi (Pakistan), said the latest joint bulletin of Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) here and India Meteorological Department (IMD).

It is very likely to cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) to the east of Diu during the night (2000 – 2300 hrs IST) with a maximum sustained wind speed 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph. High wave/ocean state warnings have been issued for Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala and Lakshadweep with flooding of low lying areas, light to heavy rainfall and top wind speeds.

Maharashtra: High waves of 3.5 – 7.1 meters are forecasted upto 2330 hours of May 18 beyond 10 km off the coast from Malvan to Vasai with surface current speeds varying between 79 - 178 cm/sec. Possibility of low lying areas - Malvan, Munage, Phanase, Velas, Colaba, Gateway of India may be surged. Goa: Possibility of Mormugao, Panjim, Vasco da Gama to be surged by sea water with high waves of 3.5 – 6.8 meters forecast beyond 10 km off the coast of Goa from Vengurla to Vasco. Current speeds vary between 58 - 168 cm/sec.


Gujarat: Jakhau, Mundra, Kandla, Navlakhi, Rozi, Porbandar, Kambhat, Dahej, Bhavnagar, Suvali, Vansi, Valsad may be surged. High waves of 3.5 – 7.2 meters beyond 10 km off the coast from Jakhau to Diu forecasted with current speeds vary between 101 - 166 cm/sec. Karnataka: Udupi, Murudeswar, Gokarna, Mashem may be surged with high waves of 3.5 – 5.0 meters beyond 10 km off the coast from Mangalore to Karwar. Surface Current speeds vary between 52 - 117 cm/sec.

Kerala: Kollam, Alappuzha, Kochi, Ponnani, Kozhikode, Kannur, Kasargod may be surged with high waves in the range of 3.5 - 4.5 meters forecasted . Surface current speeds vary between 55 - 69cm/sec. Lakshadweep: Amini, Kavaratti and Kiltan Islands may be surged with waves in the range of 3.5 – 4.5 meters beyond 10 km off the coast of Lakshadweep Islands from Minicoy to Bitra. Surface Current speeds vary between 47 - 82 cm/sec. Offshore waves in the range of 3.5 – 7.9 meters are forecasted with surface current speeds varying between 152 - 220 cm/sec.

Warnings: Total suspension of fishing operations till noon tomorrow; Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls across the States on the West Coast; Gale wind speed reaching 180–190 kmph gusting to 210 kmph is likely to prevail during next six hours,

Tidal wave above astronomical tide is likely to inundate coastal areas about 3 -4 meter over in Gujarat's Anand and Amreli, Gir Somnath, Diu, Bhavnagar, 2-3 mts over Bharuch, southern parts of Ahmedabad, 1-2 m over Surat, Navsari, Valsad, and 0.5 – 1m over the remaining coastal districts of Gujarat during the time of landfall. Damage is expected over Porbandar, Amreli Junagarh, Gir Somnath Botad and Bhavnagar, coastal areas of Ahmedabad, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Kutch, Jamnagar, Rajkot and Morbi, Valsad, Surat, Vadodara, Bharuch, Navsari, Anand, Kheda, etc, the bulletin added.

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