Bhubaneswar: Very Severe Cyclonic Storm “Tauktae” (pronounced as Tau’Te) over east central Arabian Sea is very likely to intensify during next 24 hours, likely to move north-northwestwards and reach Gujarat coast in the evening hours of 17th May and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) around 18th May early morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a bulletin issued at 7.30 AM today.
* Gale wind speed reaching 120–130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph is prevailing over east central Arabian Sea. It is likely to increase over east central Arabian Sea becoming 145-155 kmph gusting to 170 kmph from 16th May morning.
* Gale wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph along & off Maharashtra–Goa coasts on 16th & 17th May.
* Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph likely over northeast Arabian Sea and along & off south Gujarat & Daman and Diu coasts on 16th May morning and gradually increase becoming gale wind speed reaching 150-160 kmph gusting to 175 kmph over northeast Arabian Sea and along & off Saurashtra & Kutch coasts (Porbandar, Junagarh, Gir Somnath, Amreli) and 120 -150 kmph gusting to 165 kmph over Devbhoomi Dwarka, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar districts of Gujarat from early hours of 18th May.
Storm surge warning
Tidal wave of about 1-2 m above astronomical tide is likely to inundate coastal areas of Morbi, Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka & Jamnagar, Porbandar, Junagarh, Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar and about 1m over the remaining coastal districts of Gujarat during the time of landfall.