Fishing boats anchored amid cyclone Tauktae warning, at Puthiyappa fishing harbor in Kozhikode. (Credit score: PTI)
NEW DELHI: Cyclone Tauktae has intensified right into a “very extreme cyclonic storm” and is approaching the Gujarat coast, the India Meteorological Division (IMD) stated on Sunday.
“It is vitally prone to transfer north-northwestwards and attain Gujarat coast within the night hours of seventeenth (Might) and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) round 18th Might early morning,” the IMD stated.
The IMD has additionally issued a yellow alert for the coasts of Gujarat and Diu and Daman.
In accordance with the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD, by Might 18, the wind pace is predicted to extend to 150-160 kilometres per hour, gusting as much as 175 kmph.
The IMD stated wind pace reaching 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph is probably going alongside and off south Maharashtra-Goa and adjoining Karnataka coasts, and 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph alongside and off the north Maharashtra coast on Might 16. It’s prone to improve to 65-75 kmph, gusting to 85 kmph alongside and off the north Maharashtra coast from Might 17 until the morning of Might 18.
Squally wind pace reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is probably going over the northeast Arabian Sea and alongside and off south Gujarat and Daman and Diu coasts from morning Might 16.
It can progressively improve, changing into gale with pace reaching 150-160 kmph gusting to 175 kmph over the northeast Arabian Sea and alongside and off Gujarat coast (Porbandar, Junagarh, Gir Somnath, Amreli) and 120-150 kmph gusting to 165 kmph over Devbhoomi Dwarka, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar districts of Gujarat from the early hours of Might 18.
Winds with pace reaching 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph are prone to prevail alongside and off Dadra, Nagar Haveli, Daman, Valsad, Navsari, Surat, Bharuch, southern elements of Ahmedabad and Anand districts from the midnight of Might 17 and until the morning of Might 18.
A virtually 3-metre-high tidal wave is predicted in Junagarh, 1-2.5 metres above astronomical tide is prone to inundate coastal areas of Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bharuch, Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad, Anand, Surat and about 0.5-1 metres over Devbhoomi Dwarka, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Kutch and the remaining coastal districts of Gujarat in the course of the time of landfall, the IMD stated.
In accordance with the climate division, in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar district, complete destruction of thatched homes, intensive harm to kutcha homes and a few harm to pucca homes is predicted. There could possibly be a possible risk from flying objects with bending or uprooting of energy and communication poles.
Main harm to kutcha and pucca roads, flooding of escape routes, minor disruption of railways, overhead energy strains and signalling techniques is predicted, the IMD stated.