Cyclone Tauktae likely to become ‘Very Severe’; 175 kmph max wind speed predicted

Bhubaneswar: Forecasted cyclonic storm ‘Tauktae’ over Arabian Sea is likely to turn into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm with maximum sustained surface wind speed of 150-160 kmph gusting to 175 kmph, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted.

“The depression over Lakshadweep area moved north-northeastwards and intensified into a Deep Depression today over Lakshadweep area and adjoining southeast & east central Arabian Sea. It is very likely to intensify into a Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hours and is very likely to intensify further during the subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move north-northwestwards and reach near Gujarat coast by 18th May morning,” a bulletin of the IMD issued at 4.50 PM said.

Wind Warning

* Squally weather with wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph is very likely over southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep–Maldives area and equatorial Indian Ocean on 14th May.

* It is likely to increase gradually becoming Gale wind speed reaching 70–80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph over east-central Arabian Sea and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep area from 15th May morning.

* Squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph likely along & off Kerala coast on 14th May and 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph along & off Kerala-Karnataka coasts on 15th May.

* Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph likely along & off south Maharashtra & Goa coasts on 15th and Gale winds speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph along & off south Maharashtra–Goa coasts on16th 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 17th morning and gradually increase becoming Gale winds speed reaching 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph over northeast Arabian Sea along & off Gujarat coast from the early hours of 18th May and increase gradually thereafter till 18th morning.

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