Tropical storm 01A strengthens overnight local time and has been given the name Tauktae by the India Meteorological Department, it is currently 62 miles (100 km) North-northwest of Aminidivi on India’s Lakshadweep islands. Force Thirteen currently has the storm as a 65 mph (105 kph) tropical storm (1-min winds) with a central pressure of 986 Mb while the IMD has it as a 45 mph (75 kph) cyclonic storm (3-min winds). All forecasts are still expecting Tauktae to strengthen into a powerful cyclone with Force Thirteen still holding to a 1-minute winds peak of 145 mph (233 kph) while the IMD has upped their forecast to a 3-minute winds peak of 100 mph (160 kph) as it passes offshore of Mumbai.
Districts along the southwestern coast of India has already been inundated by Tauktae’s heavy rainfall and rough surf over the past 24 hours with waters flooding into many homes in Kochi’s coastal districts, bringing back bad memories of Cyclone Ockhi which devastated the area in 2017, elsewhere 308 people have been evacuated out of the low lying areas to relief camps in Thiruvananthapuram while in Mumbai The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has announced that it will be taking precautionary measures to limit the damages to the city during the cyclone’s upcoming passage such as cutting down potentially dangerous trees branches, dewatering pumps stationed in low-lying areas, opening up temporary shelters and deploying search and rescue teams.
Extreme amounts of rainfall will still be the most dangerous and immediate threat from Tauktae as up to 750 mm (30 inches) or even more to fall on the Arabian sea’s western coastline over the next few days as the storm slowly tracks north which could cause life-threatening conditions in the form widespread flooding and landslides across the region, areas between Gujarat and Southern Sind in Pakistan should be prepared for very strong winds and high storm surge as the powerful cyclone turns and approaches its possible landfall spot somewhere in those areas.
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