Cyclone Tauktae to intensify into severe Cyclonic Storm in next 24 hours
Cyclone Tauktae has tracked North-Northeast slowly with a speed of less than 10 km per hour in the past six hours and is likely to move towards the Northward and later North-Northwest and also intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours.
According to Skymet, the cyclone over the Arabian Sea is set to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm. Hazardous weather conditions need to be tackled effectively over the next 48 hours over Kerala, Karnataka, and Konkan.
Depression in the Arabian Sea has intensified into a cyclonic storm Tauktae and as per JTWC (Joint Typhoon Warning Center- Pearl Harbour) is centred around 11.9 degrees North and 72.3 degrees East over East Central Arabian Sea, about 200km Southeast of Mangalore.
The sea surface temperature (SST) is dropping a bit close to the coastal belt of the Sind (Pakistan) and Gujarat coast.
Skymet reported that initial indications suggest that the cyclone is heading for extreme western parts of Saurashtra (Gujarat) and, the coastline from Veraval to Dwarka will come under its strike range.
Cyclone Tauktae is not likely to cross West Coast anywhere along its route and nearly move parallel to the coast till abeam Goa. Thereafter its distance from the coast may gradually increase while heading for Gujarat.
Heavy to very heavy rains with squally winds are likely over the complete chain of islands in the Lakshadweep Sea. Extremely heavy rains with gusty winds are expected over Kerala and Coastal Karnataka in the next 24hr and prolong further with the shift of the system along the coast. The astronomical tide may further raise the storm surge inundating many areas.
Hazardous conditions are expected over Kerala and Coastal Karnataka to start with for the next 48hr.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold an important meeting to review the preparedness for the upcoming Cyclone Tauktae on Saturday evening. Senior officials of the Government, National Disaster Management Authority and National Disaster Response Force will participate in the meeting.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)
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