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Cyclone Tauktae: 2 dead in Maharashtra; PM Modi speaks to CM Thackeray
Three teams of the NDRF stationed in the western suburbs of Mumbai have been put on alert.
Mumbai witnessed heavy rain with gusty winds in the early hours of Monday. The BMC informed that the Bandra-Worli sea link has been closed till further updates. The airport operations have also been suspended for three hours from 11 am to 2 pm.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued an orange alert for Mumbai, predicting heavy to very heavy rains at isolated places with strong winds. The cyclone is very likely to reach Gujarat Coast between 12 pm to 3 pm and cross the Gujarat Cast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) between 3 pm to 6 pm today.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected to occur in coastal areas of Gujarat on May 17 and May 18. "Extremely heavy rainfall is also expected at some places. At the time of landfall, winds speed is expected to be 155-165 kmph gusting to 145 kmph," IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said.
The IMD said that Tauktae was very likely to move north-northwestwards and reach Gujarat coast in evening of May 17 and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar) around May 18 early morning.
Heavy rainfall likely in coastal parts of Gujarat
Heavy to very heavy rains are likely at coastal parts of Gujarat. The IMD said that heavy falls are likely in the districts of Saurashtra namely Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar ,Junagadh and in Diu; in the districts of Gujarat region namely Valsad, Navsari & in Daman, Dadra Nagar Haveli.
Cyclone Tauktae: Heavy rain, winds hit Mumbai's Covid care centre
Cyclone Tauktae: Heavy rain and winds partially hit Mumbai's Bandra Kurla Complex Covid care centre.
IAF preparation for storm continues
The Indian Air Force on Sunday had deployed 2 C-130J and 1 An-32 aircraft for transportation of 167 personnel and 16.5 tonnes of load of NDRF from Kolkata to Ahmedabad. Another C-130J and 2 An-32 aircraft carried 121 NDRF personnel and 11.6 tonnes of load from Vijayawada to Ahmedabad for the same purpose. Also, 2 C-130J aircraft transported 110 personnel and 15 tonnes of cargo for NDRF from Pune to Ahmedabad.
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