New Delhi: With Cyclone Tauktae continuing to reck havoc on several states on the Western Coast including Gujarat, damaging structures, uprooting trees and electricity lines, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday announced that the cyclone is continuing to show a weakening trend.
The “extremely severe” Cyclone Tauktae caused devastating winds that reached speeds up to 190 kilometres per hour with rainstorm storms causing landfall in Gujarat, damaging structures, electricity lines, and uprooting trees.
In a post over on Twitter, the meteorological department said: “The Cyclone continues to show weakening trend. Eye is disorganising, wall cloud is weakening.”
THE VSCS ‘TAUKTAE’ LAY CENTRED AT 0430 HRS IST OF 18TH MAY 2021 OVER SAURASHTRA, NEAR LAT. 21.40°N AND LONG. 71.20°E, ABOUT 85 KM NORTH-NORTHEAST OF DIU AND 20 KM SOUTH OF AMRELI.
THE CYCLONE CONTINUES TO SHOW WEAKENING TREND. EYE IS DISORGANISING, WALL CLOUD IS WEAKENING. pic.twitter.com/GaT7a7xk5X
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) May 17, 2021
“The very Severe Cyclonic storm ‘Tauktae’ lay centred at 0230 HRS IST of 18TH MAY 2021 over SAURASHTRA, near LAT. 21.05°N AND LONG. 71.15°E, about 75 KM north-northeast of Diu and 30 KM south of AMRELI,” IMD said in another tweet.
“Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Tauktae’ moved north wards with a speed of 15 KMPH during past 06 hours”, read another tweet by the department.
Due to this, numerous areas near Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are likely to experience rainfall in the next couple of hours.
Hodal, Aurangabad, Meham, Bhiwani, Loharu, Bawal (Haryana), Bayana, Mehndipur, Mahwa, Dausa, Kotputli, Lachmanngarh, Rajgarh, Alwar, Nagaur, Nadbai (Rajasthan) and adjoining areas during the next 2 hours.
“18/05/2021: 03:35 IST; Light to moderate intensity rain would occur over isolated places of Firozabad, Hathras, Narora, Raya, Iglas, Aligarh, Atrauli, Kashganj, Mathura, Sahaswan, Etah, Nandgaon, Barsana, Jahangirabad, Khurja, Pahasu,Tundla, Agra, Jattari, Sikandra Rao, Jajau (U.P)”, informed the meteorological department.
18/05/2021: 05:25 IST; Light intensity rain would occur over isolated places of Hathras, Sikandra Rao, Greater-Noida, Narora, Raya, Atrauli, Kashganj, Mathura, Sahaswan, Nandgaon, Barsana, Jahangirabad, Khurja, Pahasu, Tundla, Agra, Jattari, Jajau (U.P.),Hodal, Gohana (Haryana)
— RWFC New Delhi (@RWFC_ND) May 18, 2021
Amid Cyclone Taukate, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Monday night held an emergency meeting with officials of the coastal districts of Valsad and Gir Somnath at Gandhinagar’s State Control Room.
Patients from a coronavirus care centre in Gujarat’s Vadodara were also moved to hospitals on Monday as precaution. Nodal Officer Sheetal Mistry said, “In view of IMD’s warning for Cyclone Tauktae, we are shifting COVID-19 patients from various facilities to hospitals.”
Meanwhile, the road connecting Gujarat’s Somnath district and the Union Territory of Diu (Daman & Diu) was blocked due to fallen trees, but been cleared by the Army personnel.