Cyclone Tauktae Highlights: Eye of storm over Diu coast, landfall continues; Mumbai Airport resumes operations

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Updated: May 18, 2021 12:03:35 am

Cyclone Tauktae Highlights, Severe Rainfall Alert in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, Kerala Highlights: Focus on midnight when the cyclone will leave Gujarat coastal system; Mumbai spared once again; around 20 dead so far

Mumbai Cyclone Tauktae LIVE updatesStrong sea waves near the Gateway of India ahead of Cyclone Tauktae's landfall in Mumbai on May 17. (PTI Photo)

Cyclone Tauktae Highlights, Weather Forecast Today Highlights:  Cyclone Tauktae has made landfall near Gujarat coast and the next two hours will be extremely critical, the IMD has said. Amid the deadly second wave of the coronavirus, the Western Ghats have been brutally hit by Cyclone Tauktae. A Burmese name that means a gecko, the storm is the first one that has emerged in the ocean system situated near the Indian Subcontinent. From heavy rainfall that states such as Kerala and Karnataka have experienced in the last 48 hours, Cyclone Tauktae has intensified into an ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’. Gujarat is in the way of it eye of storm and it is the strongest storm that the state has seen in the last 20 years. Though Mumbai was spared the ‘eye of storm’, the Maximum City today experience strong wind gust at a speed of 114 kmph. All major airports have been shut so far.

Massive relocation operation is on in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Over 10 people were killed in rain-related incidents in Goa and Karnataka. As the NDRF and other authorities continue to monitor the situation and relief work, here are the latest updates on Cylone Tauktae:

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    22:34 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Mumbai Airport resumes operations

    Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport has resumed operations: MIAL - ANI

    22:22 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Eye of storm seen with 40km diameter, posts SkyMet

    The eye of the cyclone could be seen with 40km diameter just short of the coast, though becoming ragged, tweets SkyMet 

    22:06 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Cyclone Tauktae will cross Saurastra coast to east of Diu within 3 hours

    Cyclone Tauktae centre is 35km East-southeast of Diu. It will cross Saurastra coast to east of Diu within 3 hours, says IMD

    21:42 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Over 55 flights cancelled at Mumbai airport due to Tauktae cyclone

    • More than 55 flights, both incoming and outbound, were cancelled at the city's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) on Monday after the private airport operator was forced to suspend all air services at 11 am due to cyclone 'Tauktae'. These cancellations apart, some seven incoming flights were also diverted to various airports.
    • The CSMIA for the fourth time in the day extended the closure of operations till 10 pm after first announcing that the airport will remain closed for three hours, starting 11 am. With the announcement of the cyclone alert, Mumbai Airport has closed all flight operations with effect from 11 am till 10 pm on May 17, the CSMIA said in a late evening statement.
    • The airport operator said it has registered the cancellations of 34 arrivals and 22 departures, it said, adding that a few airlines have decided to cancel services to Mumbai. - PTI

    21:32 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates:7killed in rain-related incidents since May 12 in Kerala: CM

    Seven rain-related deaths have been reported in Kerala since May 12, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Monday. The state isgetting over the damage caused by Cyclone Tauktae, he told reporters here. As of 3 pm today, there are 5,235 persons from 1,479 families in 175 disaster relief camps in the state that were started in the wake of the cyclone, he said. "Of these, 2,034 were men, 2,191 were women and 1,010 were children.The highest number of 1,427 persons is in Ernakulam district followed by 1,180 in Thiruvananthapuram," he said. - PTI

    21:31 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Evacuated thousands in Gujarat, Kerala, Daman and Diu in view of Tauktae

    • The NDRF on Monday said it has evacuated thousands of stranded people in the last three days in Gujarat, Kerala and Daman and Diu in view of Cyclone Tauktae. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that Tauktae has now intensified into an "extremely severe cyclonic storm".
    • "Teams are continuously cutting and clearing heavy trees and electric poles that have been uprooted and crashed on roads. Extensive efforts are being made to bring the situation to normal in the affected states."
    • "In the last three days, the force has evacuated thousands of stranded people to safer places in Gujarat, Kerala and Daman and Diu and it is assisting district administration in mass evacuation of the people from the coastline," an NDRF spokesperson said.
    • The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has earmarked a total of 101 teams, with 47 personnel in each, for undertaking relief and rescue operations in the aftermath of the cyclone in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu. - PTI

    20:41 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Landfall begins close to Gujarat coast

    The extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae lies close to the Gujarat coast. The landfall process started and will continue during next 2 hours: India Meteorological Department (IMD) - ANI

    20:25 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: INS Kochi and INS Kolkata 'on scene' for rescue op in Bombay High

    INS Kochi and INS Kolkata on scene for Search & Rescue Operations for Barge 'P305' adrift off Heera Oil Fields in Bombay High. Operations being undertaken in extreme weather conditions and very rough seas - ANI

    20:04 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Mumbai Airport to remain closed, several flights diverted

    Mumbai Airport operations closure has been extended up to 2200 hours today: MIAL - ANI

    20:03 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: 2 NDRF teams are deployed in Diu

    2 NDRF teams are deployed here & 2 teams of the Indian Army will also come. CHC, PHC & government hospitals will remain functional 24 hours: Diu Collector, Saloni Rai - ANI

    20:00 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Diu gets ready for Tauktae landfall; special focus on Covid facilities

    The expected landfall of Cyclone Tauktae is at 8pm during which winds reaching 150-160 kmph will occur. We're evacuating people from kaccha houses. 1200 people have been shifted into shelters. We've made dual power backup arrangements in COVID hospital: Diu Collector, Saloni Rai - ANI

    19:59 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Maharashtra reports 9 rain-related deaths

    Six people died and nine injured in the damage due to Cyclone Tauktae. Four animals died too. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray made an assessment of the damage and instructed that the relief works be quickened: Maharashtra Chief Minister's Office (CMO) - ANI

    19:52 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Strong winds at 114 kmph strike Mumbai

    Winds blew at 114 kmph in Mumbai on Monday afternoon as the extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae was passing close to the Mumbai coast barrelling towards Gujarat, civic officials said. However, as per the Mumbai IMD, the highest wind speed of 108 km per hour was recorded at the Colaba observatory in the afternoon, said Shubhangi Bhute, senior director, IMD Mumbai. Earlier in the day, the civic body said the wind speed of 114 kmph, the highest during the day, was recorded around 2 pm at its automatic weather station located at Afghan Church in south Mumbai's Colaba area. - PTI

    19:37 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Indian Coast Guard rescue 15 off Goa coast

    Indian Coast Guard Ship Samarth responds to a distress call, rescues 15 crew from a fishing boat named Milad off Goa coast today. All crew are safe and boat is being towed ashore: Indian Coast Guard - ANI

    19:20 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh asks three services to provide all assistance to civil administrations

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has directed the three services to provide all possible assistance to the civil administrations in the coastal states of Maharashtra and Gujarat in tackling the situation arising out of cyclone Tauktae. Singh issued the instruction after reviewing the preparedness of the armed forces to deal with the fallout of the cyclone. "The defence minister directed the three services to provide all possible assistance to the civil administration to deal with the emerging situation," the defence ministry said. Singh carried out the review at a video conference which was attended by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria and Army Chief Gen M M Naravane among others.  – PTI

    18:59 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Mumbai Airport to remain shut till 8 pm

    Mumbai Airport operations closure has been extended up to 2000 hours today: MIAL - ANI

    18:55 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: NDRF teams continue work at war-footing

    Valsad, Morbi, Gir Somnath, Kutch, Dwarka are some of the regions where the NDRF teams have been evacuating people throughout the day. 

    18:27 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Ahmedabad relocated nearly 1,000 people to safer shelters

    962 people from Ahmedabad's Dholera village evacuated to 38 shelters - ANI

    18:27 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Indian Navy launches rescue mission

    Indian Navy deploys 3 of its frontline warships after receiving messages to rescue over 400 people onboard two barges off Mumbai coast in view of cyclone Tauktae - PTI

    17:47 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: People moved to safer locations in Mumbai

    Over 10,000 people moved to safer locations in Mumbai 

    17:07 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Mumbai waterlogged

    Trees uprooted, streets waterlogged in different parts of Mumbai due to heavy rain and wind.  - ANI

    17:00 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: NDRF teams rush to Daman and Diu

    Two teams of NDRF, Pune are enroute to Daman and Diu & Dadra And Nagar Haveli: NDRF - ANI

    16:16 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: PM Modi speaks to Uddhav Thackeray on Tauktae related situation in state

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday on the Cyclone Tauktae related situation in the state, official sources said. The cyclonic storm over the Arabian Sea led to very strong winds blowing at a speed of 114 kmph in Mumbai on Monday afternoon, civic officials said. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that Cyclone Tauktae has now intensified into an "extremely severe cyclonic storm". It is likely to reach Gujarat coast by Monday evening and cross the state coast between 8 pm and 11 pm, the IMD said. (PTI)

    16:15 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: 121 villages affected in Karnataka, six dead

    Six people have lost their lives so far in the Cyclone Tauktae-hit coastal and surrounding Malnad districts of Karnataka, officials said on Monday. According to a situation report by Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority officials, till this morning, 121 villages and 22 taluks have been affected by the cyclone so far. A total of 547 people have been evacuated till now, it said, 290 people are currently taking shelter in the 13 relief camps that have been opened. (PTI)

    16:07 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: 962 people from Ahmedabad's Dholera village evacuated

    962 people from Dholera evacuated to shelters. A total of 38 shelters functioning here. All individuals were transferred to shelters after rapid antigen testing. All Corona guidelines being strictly followed in shelters: Sandeep Sagle, Ahmedabad Dist Collector. (ANI)

    15:55 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Operations at Mumbai Airport to remain closed till 6 pm

    Mumbai Airport operations closure has been extended up to 1800 hours today: MIAL

    15:48 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: INS Kolkata sails out for assistance on SOS received from Barge 'GAL Constructor'

    INS Kolkata sails out for assistance on SOS received from Barge 'GAL Constructor' with 137 people onboard about 8 Nautical Miles from Mumbai: PRO Defence, Mumbai (ANI)

    15:01 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: 12,420 citizens of Maharashtra relocated to safer places

    So far, 12,420 citizens were relocated to safer places from the coastal areas. Mumbai, Thane & Palghar districts are on orange alert while Raigad district is on red alert: Chief Ministers Office. (ANI)

    14:36 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Colaba area in south Mumbai recorded a wind speed of 102 km per hour

    The Colaba area in south Mumbai recorded a wind speed of 102 km per hour around 11 am, the highest for the day so far, IMD Mumbai's senior director Shubhangi Bhute said. Between 8.30 am and 11 am, the IMD's Colaba observatory (representative of south Mumbai) recorded 79.4 mm rainfall, while the Santacruz observatory (representative of suburbs) recorded 44.5 mm rain, she said. (PTI)

    14:02 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Rain, strong winds in Mumbai; local train services hit

    High speed winds and heavy rains lashed Mumbai and its neighbouring areas on Monday as the "very severe cyclonic storm" Tauktae headed towards Gujarat, uprooting trees and disrupting local train services here, officials said. In view of the strong 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. The Colaba area in south Mumbai recorded a wind speed of 102 km per hour around 11 am, the highest for the day so far, IMD Mumbai's senior director Shubhangi Bhute said. (PTI)

    13:58 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Water logging in areas as heavy rains lash Maharashtra
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    13:54 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Barge with 273 on board adrift near Mumbai

    A barge with 273 personnel on board has gone adrift off the Mumbai coast as the severe cyclonic storm 'Tauktae' over the Arabian Sea intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm and is expected to reach Gujarat coast Monday evening, officials said. "On receipt of a request for assistance for Barge 'P305' adrift off Heera Oil Fields in Bombay High area with 273 personnel onboard, warship INS Kochi was sailed with a despatch for Search and Rescue (SAR) assistance," a Navy spokesperson said. (PTI)

    13:35 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Goa CM reviews impact of Tauktae

    Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant held a meeting to review the Tauktae cyclone impact in the state via video conference. "Issued directions to all the State Govt Departments to work on war footing to restore essential services and also assess the damage in detail," he says. (ANI)

    13:27 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: 17 COVID-19 patients shifted from Porbandar hospital in view of Tauktae

    At least 17 COVID-19 patients on ventilator support in the Porbandar Civil Hospital's ICU were shifted to other facilities on Monday as a precautionary measure in view of cyclone Tauktae which is heading towards the Gujarat coast, an official said.

    13:26 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates:  Mumbai Airport operations closure has been extended up to 1600 hours today
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    13:16 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Tauktae claims life in Maharashtra's Raigad

    One killed and two injured in Maharashtra's Raigad due to  Cyclone Taukate. 8,383 people have been shifted to a safer place: Office of District Collector, Raigad. (ANI)

    12:33 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Three city-bound IndiGo, SpiceJet flights diverted

    Three city-bound flights operated by budget carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet were diverted on Monday following suspension of operations at the Mumbai airport till 2 pm in the wake of the Tuaktae cyclone alert, a statement said. A city-bound IndiGo flight was diverted to Hyderabad, while a SpiceJet flight was diverted to Surat, due to the suspension of air services at the airport, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) said in the statement on Monday. Besides, one IndiGo flight was sent back to Lucknow, it said. (PTI)

    12:23 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Amit Shah inquires about devastation caused by Tauktae in Goa

    Spoke to Union Home Minister regarding the impact and devastation caused by the Tauktae cyclone in the state. HM inquired about the widespread damage caused by the cyclone, & assured full support of all Central agencies to the State for returning to normalcy: Goa CM (NAI)

    11:52 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Minister Kunvarjibhai Bavaliya visits Amreli to take stock of the preparedness
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    11:46 (IST)17 May 2021
    Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Cyclone Tauktae to reach Guj coast tonight; over 1 lakh people shifted

    Cyclone Tauktae, which has now intensified into an "extremely severe cyclonic storm", is likely to reach Gujarat coast by Monday evening and cross the state coast between 8 pm and 11 pm, the IMD said. As a precautionary measure, the state administration shifted over one lakh people living in coastal areas of 17 districts to safer places till late Sunday night, and the work resumed on Monday morning, the government said in a release. According to the State Emergency Operation Centre, in the 24-hour period ending at 6 am on Monday, 84 talukas of 21 districts of Gujarat received light rainfall, mainly caused due to the cyclonic disturbances. (PTI)

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