IMD Alert!: Cyclone Tauktae likely to hit Gujarat coast on May 18-19,
IMD Alert!: Cyclone Tauktae likely to hit Gujarat coast on May 18-19,

Gandhinagar: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has given alert  that there might be a formation of a cyclonic storm near the western parts of Gujarat in the Arabian Sea on or around May 18, giving shape to the first cyclonic storm of 2021, which would be named 'Tauktae'. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has announced that the state administration is on alert and fully prepared if the possible cyclone hits the state.

The cyclone is expected to continue to move north-north westwards for some more time with further intensification, and in the course, areas like Lakshadweep, the coast of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra are likely to be impacted. There is a possibility that it will change its course towards Kutch and South Pakistan, which could mean that the coastal areas of Gujarat might be hit by the cyclone on May 17 or 18. If this formation occurs then it will be named Tauktae.

Around May 14, a low-pressure area is likely to form over the Southeast Arabian sea and is likely to move north and northwestward across the Southeast Arabian sea adjoining the Lakshadweep islands by May 15. It is expected to intensify further thereafter into a cyclonic storm over the east-central Arabian Sea around May 16.

The IMD, through a tweet, has advised the fishermen along the west coast against heading out to sea, as the side is expected to witness rough conditions and heavy rainfall. Further, those who are already out at sea have been advised to reach the shore by the night of May 12.

The word 'Tauktae' is suggested by Myanmar, which means gecko, a lizard known for its distinctive vocalizations, from a new list of 169 names released by the agency last year.

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