Cyclone Tauktae Updates: Tauktae’ which is likely to become a “severe cyclone storm”, gradually increasing in strength from May 16 to May 19, reported IMD. The Arabian sea depression, with a wind speed of 150-160 kilometers per hour gusting up to 175 kmph could hit between Monday and Tuesday.
The cyclone may touch the Gujarat coast on the morning of the 18th.
To check the preparedness, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has scheduled to hold an emergency meeting on Saturday, government sources informed. Officials from various departments, including the National Disaster Response Force ( NDRF), is going to attend the meeting, it added.
The Indian Meteorological Department ( IMD) has already issued alerts for the cyclone in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and Maharashtra.
“In the next 24 hours, the low pressure created in the Arabian Sea over Lakshadweep will turn into a cyclone. A high alert has been issued in the southern and western parts of Tamil Nadu and NDRF team has been sent to Coimbatore”, the report said.