All You Need To Know About Cyclone Tauktae That’s Hit Kerala, TN, Maharashtra, See Videos

The Weather department and the IMD had earlier warned that the deep low-pressure area around Lakshadweep islands in the Arabian Sea has intensified into Cyclonic Storm Tauktae (pronounced as Tau’Te). Now, it is expected to become a “severe cyclonic storm” within six hours and a “very severe cyclonic storm” in the next 12 hours affecting the Western Coast of the country, reports Financial Express.

According to The New Indian Express, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Lakshadweep islands and Karnataka will be affected by the cyclone. Heavy rains, strong winds, flash floods, and landslides are expected, especially in low-lying areas.

  • A red alert has been issued in several districts of Kerala – Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Pathanamitta, Malappuram, Kozhikkode, Wayanad, Kannur, Kasargod, and Ernakulam.
  • Parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu have been placed under the orange bulletin by the Central Water Commission, reports Livemint.
  • Mumbai, Thane, Gujarat, and Diu have received a yellow message.

NDTV reports that 50+ teams of the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) are on duty and the Indian Navy has deployed disaster relief teams with ships and helicopters.

According to Deccan Herald, Kerala has been witnessing rainfall, high waves, and sea incursion since Thursday night. Several houses have been damaged, waterlogging and uprooted trees have also been reported from coastal areas in the state. Here are some visuals shared online:

The Indian Express further reports that several families living near the sea have been evacuated to relief camps. In Kerala, buildings and roads have suffered damaged and electric poles have been ruptured resulting in power outages.

HT quoted an IMD official saying, “The influence of the storm in Maharashtra is likely to subside after May 17 (Monday) as it would travel northwestwards towards Gujarat around May 18.”

Flights, fishing activities and vaccination are likely to be affected for the next few days which is why it is advisable to stay home and not venture outside. Stay safe everyone!

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