Huge wave turbulence as a result of cyclone within the Arabiean, at a seashore in Kanyakumari. (PTI photograph)
MUMBAI/AHMEDABAD: Cyclonic storm Tauktae had intensified and was heading in direction of the coast of Gujarat and the Union Territory of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) stated on Saturday night.
It wouldn’t have an effect on Mumbai however might deliver gusty winds and showers to town, it stated.
The storm may be very prone to intensify additional right into a “very severe cyclonic storm” by late Saturday evening, the IMD stated, including it was very prone to transfer north-northwestwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Naliya round May 18.
As it will deliver very heavy rainfall in that area, cities like Mumbai wouldn’t be affected a lot, the IMD added.
There will probably be robust winds and heavy rainfall at remoted locations on May 17 over north Konkan, together with Mumbai, the IMD stated.
In Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a assessment assembly on preparedness within the face of the cyclone. He instructed officers to make sure upkeep of important providers like energy, telecommunications, well being and consuming water.
Teams of the National Disaster Response Force are being stationed at Gir Somnath, Amreli, Porbandar, Dwarka, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Kutch, Morbi, Surat, Gandhinagar, Valsad, Bhavnagar, Navsari, Bharuch and Junagarh districts of Gujarat, an NDRF spokesperson stated.
“The state government has made full preparations and a control room has been set up. Administrations of the districts in Saurashtra and south Gujarat regions, which are likely to be affected by the cyclone, have been alerted. Teams of the NDRF are reaching the state,” Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani instructed reporters in Banaskantha district.
The Union Home Ministry in an advisory to the Gujarat authorities stated the “very severe cyclonic storm” is prone to trigger harm to thatched homes, roads, energy and communication traces particularly within the districts of Saurashtra area resembling Devbhoomi Dwarka, Kutch, Porbandar, Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Jamnagar, Amreli, Rajkot and Morbi.
Many locations within the coastal districts of Saurashtra will obtain gentle to average rainfall, and heavy to very heavy rainfall at remoted locations over Saurashtra and Kutch, and intensely heavy rainfall at remoted locations in Junagadh and Gir Somnath districts is probably going on May 17, it stated.
“Sea situation is prone to be very tough to excessive over the northwest Arabian sea alongside and off south Gujarat coast from May 17 morning, and really excessive to phenomenal from May 18 morning.
“Tidal wave of about 2-Three metres above astronomical tide is prone to inundate coastal areas of Morbi, Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Jamnagar district, and 1-2 metres alongside Porbandar, Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar, and zero.5-1 metre over the remaining coastal districts of Gujarat,” the advisory stated.
The Home Ministry suggested whole suspension of fishing operations over the northwest Arabian sea and alongside and off the Gujarat coast on May 17 and 18.
In Maharashtra, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray directed the authorities in coastal districts to stay alert.
Collectors of Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg districts have been requested to take all obligatory precautions, Thackeray stated at a gathering of the Disaster Management Authority.