Cyclone, Weather forecast Highlights: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Saturday said the Severe Cyclonic Storm “Tauktae” over eastcentral Arabian Sea moved nearly northwards with a speed of about 13 kmph during past 6 hours.
It lay centred over eastcentral Arabian Sea near latitude 14.2°N and longitude 72.7°E at 2030 hours IST on Saturday, about 190 km southwest of Panjim-Goa, 550 km south of Mumbai, 780 km south-southeast of Veraval (Gujarat) and 910 km south-southeast of Karachi (Pakistan). It is very likely to intensify into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hours and intensify further. It is very likely to move north-northwestwards and reach Gujarat coast in the morning of 18th & cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar & Naliya around 18th May Afternoon / evening.
As it would bring very heavy rainfall in that region, cities like Mumbai would not be affected much, the IMD added.
There will be strong winds and heavy rainfall at isolated places on May 17 over north Konkan, including Mumbai,
the IMD said.
The Maharashtra capital can expect showers from Sunday afternoon, said Shubhani Bhute, senior director (weather) IMD, Mumbai. The storm is currently 250 km south-west of Goa, she added.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reviewed the preparedness of states, central ministries and agencies concerned to deal with the situation arising out of cyclone Tauktae and asked them to take every possible measure to ensure that people are safely evacuated. He also called for ensuring maintenance of all essential services such as power, telecommunications, health and drinking and their immediate restoration in the event of damages caused to them, a statement said.