Cyclone Tauktae: The Indian Meteorological Department had warned of heavy rains with strong winds due to the formation of low pressure belt in the Arabian Sea. Similarly, Cyclone Tauktae has traveled from Goa to Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and Raigad and has now reached Mumbai.
Mumbai: Cyclone Tauktae: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had warned of strong winds and heavy rains in the Arabian Sea. Similarly, Cyclone Tauktae has traveled from Goa to Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and Raigad and has now reached Mumbai. The storm is expected to reach Gujarat by evening. Appropriate precautions have been taken in view of the possibility of this storm taking a terrible form. Mumbai International Airport has been closed due to the cyclone. Also, the Bandra-Worli sea link will remain closed till further orders. Mono service in Mumbai has also been shut down.
The storm turned into a severe cyclone: IMD
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday that the storm ‘Tauktae‘ has turned into a severe cyclonic storm. The IMD said the storm took a terrible turn on Monday morning. I had never imagined the terrible nature of this storm before. The meteorological department said Typhoon Tauktae had moved north-northwest at a speed of about 20 km per hour in the last six hours and had now turned into a cyclonic storm.
The Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said the Bandra-Worli sea link has been closed till further orders due to the cyclone. BMC has appealed to people to go the other way. At the same time, the mono rail service in Mumbai has also been shut down.
Meanwhile, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai has been closed due to the threat of the cyclone. Work at the airport here has been suspended from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The airport authority issued a statement in this regard.
The cyclone has so far killed 6 people
The cyclone made landfall in the coastal areas of Kerala, Karnataka and Goa on Sunday, moving northwards towards Gujarat. The cyclone is causing heavy rainfall in the coastal areas as well as high sea waves. It is also raining well. The storm has so far killed six people, damaged hundreds of homes and uprooted power poles and trees, forcing people to flee their homes.
Heavy rains forecast in Maharashtra
The meteorological department has forecast torrential rains in some parts of Mumbai, North Konkan, Thane and Palghar today. At the same time, fishermen are advised not to go to the beach. After this all 4526 boats from Maharashtra and 2258 boats from Gujarat have reached the ports safely. Heavy rains are forecast in many parts of Maharashtra including Mumbai today.
Massive damage in Goa
The previous day, the storm had hit the coast of Goa, after which the power supply was cut off. The power poles were also broken as trees were uprooted by the wind and fell on the road. There were traffic jams in many areas. On Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held discussions with Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. Learned about the state’s readiness to deal with hurricanes.
Severe storm forecast in Gujarat
IMD has issued yellow alerts to Gujarat and Daman and Diu. According to the IMD’s hurricane warning department, winds will continue to blow at speeds of 150 to 160 kmph till May 18. One and a half lakh people are being evacuated from low lying areas of Gujarat. 54 squads of NDRF and SDRF have been deployed to help.