Cyclone Tauktae weakened into a severe cyclonic storm from a “very severe” storm on Tuesday morning, the India Meteorological Department officials predicted. Tauktae made landfall. Over 200,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Gujarat on Monday in preparation for the cyclone.
Tauktae made landfall over the Gujarat coast on Monday night and weakened into a severe cyclonic storm from a very severe cyclonic storm on Tuesday morning. After the landfall which was completed on Tuesday morning, the system is very likely to re-curve north-northeastwards, across Gujarat and weaken gradually. It is expected to weaken gradually and transform into a depression over Rajasthan.
The landfall process of the eye of the extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae, which hit the Gujarat coast in Saurashtra region between Diu and Una, ended around midnight, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
It crossed the Gujarat coast as an “extremely severe cyclonic storm” and gradually weakened.
On Tuesday morning, it lay over the Saurashtra region near Amreli as a “severe severe cyclonic storm,” and was likely to weaken gradually into a cyclonic storm by the afternoon, the IMD said in its latest bulletin.
Maximum city Mumbai witnessed heavy rains, strong winds, and water logging as Tauktae skirted the city’s coast on Monday, going from a Category 1 storm to a Category 4 storm. Covid-19 patients were shifted from Jumbo Covid centres and vaccination was halted in many parts as the city dealt with the first severe cyclone of 2021.
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