Severe Cyclonic Storm “Tauktae” further intensified into an “Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm” on Monday morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its latest bulletin. The storm currently lays 165 km west-northwest of Mumbai and is most likely to hit the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva in Bhavnagar district tonight between 8 pm – 11 pm.
In Mumbai, gusty winds and heavy showers lashed the city and its neighbouring areas as storm Tauktae headed towards Gujarat, uprooting trees and disrupting local train services.
The IMD has warned of extremely heavy rain and wind speed up to 120 kmph over the next few hours, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in the afternoon.
All operations at the city’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport have been shut till 4 pm.
Meanwhile, gale-force winds, heavy rainfall and high tidal waves swept the coastal belt of Kerala, Karnataka and Goa as Cyclone Tauktae hurtled northwards towards Gujarat on Sunday.
At least six people have died in cyclone-related incidents till now. The storms have damaged hundreds of houses, uprooted electricity poles and trees and forced evacuation at the time when India continues to grapple with a deadly Covid-19 wave.