Cyclone Tauktae: ‘Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm’, Expected to hit Gujarat Coast today evening: All You Need to Know

Cyclone ‘Tauktae’ has been moving north-northwestwards with a speed of approximately 20 km/h and most likely to hit the Gujarat Coast during the evening hours on May 17, 2021.

Created On: May 17, 2021 10:48 ISTModified On: May 17, 2021 11:16 IST
Cyclone Tauktae, Source: ANI

The Indian Meteorological Department on May 17, 2021, issued an ‘Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm’ warning for Gujarat and Diu coasts.

The ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ Tauktae over the Arabian Sea has intensified into an ‘Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm’. Cyclone ‘Tauktae’ has been moving north-northwestwards with a speed of approximately 20 km/h and most likely to hit the Gujarat Coast during the evening hours on May 17, 2021, with maximum wind speeds gusting up to 185 – 210 km/h.

More than 1 lakh people have been evacuated from the coastal areas of Gujarat. IMD further stated that the cyclone will most likely hit the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) between 3 pm – 6 pm on May 17.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected over the districts of Saurashtra, Diu, Kutch, and adjoining coastal regions of Gujarat. Fishermen have advised not to venture in the Arabian Sea off Maharashtra, Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli coasts till May 18th noon.  

NDRF Director General S N Pradhan informed that 50 teams of NDRF have been deployed currently and 50 more teams will reach Gujarat by the evening or late night. “Gujarat is most likely to experience the maximum impact,” he further added.

Several people died in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka due to electrocution and wall collapse.

The Indian Meteorological Department had issued a red alert on May 14, 2021, after informing about the low-pressure area over the Arabian Sea near Lakshadweep that led to a deep depression is likely to intensify into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ by May 17 with wind speeds up to 160 mph.

Cyclone Tauktae was predicted to impact the coast of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Lakshadweep, Goa, and most likely to hit the coast of Gujarat by May 18 morning.

What is the meaning of the cyclone name ‘Tauktae’?

Cyclone ‘Tauktae’ (pronounced as Tau ‘Te) means ‘gecko’ in the Burmese language. The name was given by Myanmar ‘gecko’ is a highly vocal lizard which is known for its peculiar vocalizations.

It is the first cyclonic storm of 2021.

How are cyclones named?

All the cyclones are named by the World Meteorological Organization. The panel comprises 13 countries: India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Oman, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Iran, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, who suggest names of cyclones.

What does an 'extremely severe cyclonic storm' mean?

Cyclones are classifieds based on the strength of wind speed. Cyclones with wind speeds ranging from 119 to 222 km/h and above are predicted as ‘very severe’ and ‘extremely severe’ cyclonic storms.

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