Cyclone Tauktae is widening its threat over five states including Kerala, Gujarat, Maharashtra. So far, its impact has been seen in the coastal areas of Kerala, Karnataka and Goa and after which it is moving towards Gujarat. According to the Meteorological Department, the Tauktae may become more intense in the next 24 hours, due to which Gujarat and Maharashtra are on high alert and the department has issued an orange alert regarding rain. The Meteorological Department also informed that heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in the coastal areas of Gujarat on 17 and 18 May. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has decided to stop the vaccination campaign in the state on Monday and Tuesday. So far 6 people have died due to the cyclone.
On May 17 and May 18, there is a possibility of heavy rains in the coastal areas of Gujarat. Extremely heavy rains are also expected at some places. Wind speeds are expected to range from 155–165 kmph to 145 kmph during landfall. IMD DG Mrityunjay Mahapatra gave this information on Sunday. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that the Covid-19 vaccination will be on halt in the entire Gujarat on May 17 and May 18 in view of the storm. According to IMD, the storm is likely to intensify during the next 24 hours. It is likely to move north-northwest and reach the Gujarat coast in the evening of 17 May and cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar) around the morning of 18 May.
Here, danger signals have been installed due to the possibility of a storm typhoon hitting the coast of Gujarat. There is two number signals at Kandla port, while one number signal has been installed in Saurashtra and Kutch areas. Between 16 and 18 May, heavy rains were warned in areas of Saurashtra and Kutch. Amreli Jaffarabad Vote Association said that about 700 boats are still at sea and they are unable to be contacted due to wireless malfunction.
Due to the low-pressure area in the Arabian Sea, the threat of a storm is hovering over Gujarat. The storm is expected to move north, northwest. On May 17 and 18, there is a possibility of heavy rains in the cities along the coast of Saurashtra and Kutch. On May 18, wind speed is expected to be 100 kilometres per hour in Saurashtra and Kutch and South Gujarat regions.
The government has sent two NDRF teams to Rajkot and put a dozen teams on standby. The state government has alerted the cities and villages on the seashore, as well as an appeal to fishermen not to go to sea. Boats already present at sea have also been recalled. Dwarka sub division officer Nihar Bhetaria said that 5282 boats have been registered in the area of Dwarka, Okha, out of which only 20 to 25 boats are in the sea. He said that in view of the danger of the storm, arrangements are also being made to evacuate people along the Corona GuideLine. Shelters were built for them in the nearby village.