The India Meteorological Department forecast that the weather condition in the Arabian Sea has intensified. The motion of the sea is turned into a deep depression which is likely to intensify further into a “very severe cyclonic storm” on May 17 and cross the Gujarat coast a day later.
‘Tauktae’ is very likely to intensify into cyclonic storm by Saturday morning. It also may get intensified further into a severe cyclonic storm by Saturday night. It is likely to reach Gujarat coast by the morning of May 18. As per the weather agency “From May 16-19, it is very likely to intensify into a “very severe cyclonic storm” with a wind speed of 150-160 kilometres per hour gusting up to 175 kmph.” It is expected that the cyclone is likely to impact areas including the coast of Kerala, Karnataka, Lakshadweep, Goa and Maharashtra. Also, a warning has been issued to fishermen to not venture into the sea till May 17.
The name ‘Tauktae’ was recommended by Myanmar which means a highly vocal lizard gecko.