Byline By- Balkrishna
During the late-night hours of Friday, May 14, Cyclone Tauktae escalated into a Cyclonic Storm close to Lakshadweep. Further increase is normal in the following 24 hours, as the system is probably going to change into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm by Sunday.
As per the India Meteorological Department’s most recent forecast update, Cyclonic Storm Tauktae (pronounced as Tau’Te) moved north-westwards at a speed of around 9 kmph during the early hours of Saturday. As of 5:30 a.m. IST today, it was situated over east-central and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea, around 350 km south-southwest of Panjim, Goa.
As it keeps on voyaging north-westwards while being upheld by high ocean surface temperatures of 30°C, it will heighten further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during the following 12 hours, and into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during the resulting 12 hours.
The GFS model utilized by the IMD demonstrates the tornado could make landfall over Gujarat, among Porbandar and Naliya, during the afternoon or evening hours of Tuesday, May 18.
As Cyclone Tauktae keeps providing moisture from the Arabian Sea, the entire western coast of India will experience intense rainfall activity and onshore winds over the next 3-4 days.
Meanwhile, orange alerts have been issued over the remaining subdivisions of Coastal Maharashtra, North Interior Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for the next two days. The alert urges residents to ‘be prepared’ for rough conditions.