Tauktae has turned into an “extremely severe cyclonic storm”, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday.
The rapid intensification happened in the early hours of Monday, said the IMD which had earlier not predicted that Tauktae will intensify into an extremely severe cyclonic storm.
It now has a wind speed of 180-190 kilometres per hour with winds gusting to 210 kilometres per hour. The IMD has, however, forecast that its intensity will reduce when it hits the Gujarat coast.
Here are the latest updates:
High waves, rainfall forecast for States on west coast
High waves measuring between 3.5 m and 7.8 m up to 10 km off the coast, tidal waves of up to 3 m and windspeeds ranging between 50 kmph and 145 kmph accompanied by rainfall — light moderate to heavy — has been forecast for States on the west coast in the wake of Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Tauktae (pronounced Tau’Te) as it is likely to intensify further in the next 24 hours, according to a joint forecast bulletin issued by the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) here and the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
All nine crew from Coromondel Supporter IX Tug rescued
All nine crew members stranded on Coromondel Supporter IX Tug that had run aground at Mulki Rocks were airlifted to safety on Monday morning.
Karnataka Coast Commander DIG S B Venkatesh gave this info to a team comprising district in charge minister Kota Srinivas Poojari, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel and DC K V Rajendra who met him seeking immediate action to rescue the stranded crew.
Mr Venkatesh told the team that Navy helicopters were deployed to airlift the stranded crew from the vessel located about 6 km off Kaup coast in Udupi district.
Coast Guard rescues 12 fishermen off Kochi
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Monday said it rescued 12 fishermen stranded around 35 nautical miles off the Kochi coast amid rough seas due to the incoming Cyclone Tauktae on the night of May 16.
“Indian fishing boat Jesus stranded 35 nautical miles off Kochi. ICG ship Aryaman rescued the boat with 12 crew. Boat taken under tow by the ICG ship braving rough seas and brought to Kochi on May 16 night. All crew safe and healthy,” the ICG said on Twitter.
Traffic closed on Bandra-Worli sea link
In view of the high speed winds, the Bandra-Worli sea-link was closed for traffic and people were asked to take alternate routes, a senior official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.
As a precautionary measure, the monorail services in the city were suspended for the day, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) said.
This was a “prompt decision” taken for the safety of commuters, the MMRDA said.
Mumbai Airport shut from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The operations at the city’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) will remain suspended from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. on Monday in view of the cyclone alert, the private airport has notified.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert for Mumbai, warning of very heavy rains at isolated places with strong winds on Monday as cyclone Tuaktae is likely to pass close to the Mumbai coast.
“The operations at Mumbai Airport need to be closed from 11 a.m. local time to 2 p.m. local time of May 17,” CSMIA said in a notification.
Overnight showers, high speed winds in Mumbai
Gusty winds and rains lashed Mumbai and its neighbouring areas overnight and on Monday morning as the “very severe cyclonic storm” Tauktae was heading towards Gujarat, officials said.
There was no water-logging anywhere in the metropolis, but trees were uprooted at several places, they said, adding that no casualty was reported so far.
According to civic officials, around 34 incidents of tree fall were reported in Mumbai since Sunday, but there no report of any injury to anyone.
The civic-run Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking has deployed officers of its transport and power wings at various locations, including control rooms for disaster management.