India’s Gujarat state braces for the landfall of tropical cyclone Tauktae, as authorities described it as one of the strongest yet in more than 20 years, killing at least 9 in coastal states on Monday.
Authorities have now evacuated around 200,000 residents as the cyclone made landfall Monday night.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has now classified the storm as “Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm” with winds up to 160 kilometers per hour and heavy rain.
“The ESCS TAUKTAE lies close to Gujarat coast. The landfall process started and will continue during next 02 hours,” the IMD reported the latest update on Twitter.
The agency has also issued storm surge warnings of up to 4 meters in coastal areas and have warned fishermen to totally suspend operations until Tuesday noon.
“The fishermen are advised not to venture into east central Arabian Sea along & off Maharashtra – Goa coasts and into northeast Arabian Sea along & off Gujarat, Daman, Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli coast till the noon of 18th May.”
Meanwhile, some parts of the state will also expect damages including the bending or uprooting of power and communication poles.