Cyclone Tauktae not to affect Mumbai as severely as feared: IMD

Cyclone Tauktae not to affect Mumbai as severely as feared: IMD, Cyclone Tauktae, which intensified into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ on Sunday morning, will not affect Mumbai as severely as initially feared, as the system continued its path along the western coast of the country.

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Moderate to heavy rainfall accompanied by strong wind speeds reaching 70 killometres an hour are likely in South Mumbai on Monday, the met department’s model forecasts. North Mumbai, Thane, and Navi Mumbai might escape with light showers, officials added.

As of press time Sunday, the eye of the cyclone lay 320 kilometres from Mumbai and 150 kilometres away from Panjim in Goa.

On Monday morning, the cyclone is 170 kilometres from Mumbai. Winds up to 80 kilometres an hour will affect the financial capital till midday, IMD said.

Earlier predictions had pegged more damage as the cyclone was inching closer to the island city. On Sunday morning, it laid less than 500 kilometres from Mumbai.

“The cyclone is likely to make landfall in Gujarat on May 18 between Porbandar and Bhavnagar with wind speeds reaching 150 kilometres per hour,” said M. Mohapatra, director general of the India Meteorological Department. He added that Cyclone Tauktae (pronounced tau-tae) itself was moving in the Arabian Sea at a speed of 135 to 145 kilometres an hour.

In anticipation of the fallout from the damage due to high wind speeds, IMD has issued an orange alert for Mumbai and surrounding areas on Monday. This alerts authorities and indicates them to be ready for any mishaps in the area.
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The city cancelled its scheduled vaccinations across all centres on Monday based on IMD’s statements.

Only some parts of the city have seen light drizzling accompanied by strong winds. According to IMD’s centre in Mumbai, only 5 mm of rain was cumulatively observed across both its observatories in Colaba in Santacruz since Friday.

Cyclone Tauktae not to affect Mumbai as severely as feared: IMD