Bhubaneswar: The Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm “Tauktae” (pronounced as Tau’Te) over east central Arabian Sea is very 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) during the night (2000–2300 hrs IST) of 17th May with a maximum sustained wind speed 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph, a bulletin of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued today at 11 AM said.
After the landfall, the system is very likely to recurve north-northeastwards across Gujarat and weaken gradually. It is likely to maintain the intensity of Cyclonic Storm till the evening of 18th May and thereafter it will weaken gradually into a Depression over south Rajasthan, the IMD said.
Gale wind speed reaching 70-80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph is prevailing along and off south Gujarat & Daman and Diu coasts. It is likely to increase becoming Gale winds speed reaching 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph along & off Gujarat coast (Amreli, Bhavnagar) Junagarh, Gir Somnath and 120-140 kmph gusting to 165 kmph over Bharuch, Anand, south Ahmedabad, Botad, 90 -100 kmph gusting to 120 kmph over Devbhoomi Dwarka, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Rajkot, Morbi, Kheda districts of Gujarat from tonight till 18th May early morning.
Gale wind speed reaching 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph likely to prevail along & off Dadra, Nagar Haveli, Daman, Valsad, Navsari, Surat, Surendranagar districts from 17th May evening till 18th May morning.