Cyclone Tauktae update: Heavy rains predicted in parts of Maharashtra, Gujarat; 9 Kerala districts on alert

A low strain space or a cyclonic disturbance has shaped over Lakshadweep and the Arabian Sea which can progressively intensify right into a cyclonic storm by Sunday (May 16). The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a heavy rain warning in parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat in view of the fast intensification of Cyclone Tauktae.

Cyclone Tauktae which has shaped over the Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep, will focus over the identical area by Saturday morning and additional intensify right into a cyclonic storm on Sunday, triggering heavy rains in southern parts of the nation.

“It [Cyclonic formation] is very likely to intensify into a deep depression during the next 12 hours and into a cyclonic storm [Cyclone Tauktae] during the subsequent 12 hours. It is very likely to intensify further. It is very likely to move initially north-northeastwards till today evening. It would then move north-northwestwards and reach near Gujarat coast by May 18 morning,” the IMD says.

Light to average rainfall at most locations in Lakshadweep with “heavy to very heavy rain at a few places with extremely heavy falls ( 20 cm) at isolated places is very likely on Friday, heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places on Saturday and heavy rain at isolated places on Sunday”.

In Kerala, “heavy to very heavy rains are expected on Saturday and heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places are predicted on Sunday and Monday.”


1. The IMD has declared code orange alerts, indicating heavy to very heavy rains, in 9 districts of Kerala. Red alerts that have been issued earlier in three districts of Kerala have been lifted. Red alerts in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta have been modified to yellow and inexperienced, respectively.

2. In the backdrop of the probably formation of Cyclone Tauktae in the Arabian Sea, an orange alert has been issued in Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Malappuram, Palakkad, Kozhikode, and Wayanad.

3. Despite a purple alert, minimal rain has been witnessed in many parts of southern Kerala. In coastal areas, water has began gushing into the residential areas.

4. The IMD on Thursday issued a warning {that a} formation of Cyclone Tauktae over the Arabian Sea is prone to carry heavy rainfall to Mumbai, some locations in Goa and south Konkan area and likewise Gujarat.

5. After intensifying right into a cyclonic storm on Sunday, Cyclone Tauktae could be very prone to intensify additional and transfer north-northwestwards to Gujarat and the adjoining Pakistan coast.

6. Cyclone Tauktae is prone to attain close to the Gujarat coast round May 18 night. Due to this, south Konkan and Goa area would obtain mild to average rainfall in many locations on Saturday and its depth would improve additional and it will obtain heavy to very heavy rainfall at just a few locations on Sunday and Monday, the IMD has mentioned.

Forecast monitor together with quadrant wind distribution of despair over Lakshadweep

7. According to the IMD, 64.5 mm to 115.5 mm rainfall in 24 hours is taken into account as heavy, whereas precipitation between 115.6 mm to 204.4 mm in 24 hours is termed as very heavy rainfall.

8. Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts in Maharashtra will obtain heavy rainfall. Similarly, the Gujarat coast will obtain rainfall from May 17 onwards.

9. The depth of the rain is anticipated to escalate through the subsequent days with heavy to very heavy rainfall at just a few locations over Saurashtra and Kutch on May 18 and remoted heavy to very heavy rainfall over Kutch and adjoining southwest Rajasthan on May 19.

10. The rain can be accompanied by gusty winds with a velocity starting from 50-18 kilometres per hour in the subsequent 5-6 days.

11. The IMD has additionally predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts on Sunday and Monday. Mumbai, Thane and Raigad will obtain very heavy rainfall on Monday.

12. While Raigad is anticipated to witness thunderstorms with lightning and gusty winds from Saturday, Kolhapur and Satara are anticipated to obtain heavy to very heavy rain at remoted locations in ghat areas on Sunday and Monday. The same warning was issued for Pune on Monday solely.

13. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has earmarked 53 groups to sort out potential after-effects of Cyclone Tauktae. Out of the 53 groups, he mentioned, 24 have been pre-deployed or stationed on the bottom whereas the remaining are on stand-by.

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